Palace Shouldn’t Buy Liverpool’s Benteke, Because David Sullivan Said So

0 Posted by - July 12, 2016 - News

West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan is no stranger to controversy and now, seemingly not content to keep his thoughts focused on the Hammers, he’s offering up opinions on Crystal Palace’s transfer strategy too. 

These quotes from Sullivan see him heavily criticise Palace’s approach for Liverpool’s Benteke. He’s a truly odious man. 

Clearly, following an initial spurt of interest in the Belgian striker from the Irons this summer, Sullivan now feels fully qualified to discuss what we at Selhurst Park should and shouldn’t be spending on our transfer targets, despite having plenty to occupy his thoughts ahead of the new season at the Olympic Stadium. 

Many will rightly suggest that the West Ham co-chairman has shown a remarkable lack of class in offering a direct opinion on the strategy of another football club, but given his colourful past, we shouldn’t be surprised in the slightest by his questionable moral stance. 

Whether you look towards the fortune he made as a young man from the pornography industry, his 71 day spell in prison after being convicted of living from immoral earnings or the spectacularly cringeworthy decision to allow his son Jack to “break” West Ham’s transfer news via his Twitter account; we are not dealing with a man who you would trust to exercise caution when presented with an opportunity to pour fuel on to an already raging fire. 

I dare say, were Steve Parish to start passing judgement on West Ham’s potential incoming business he and his son would have something rather outlandish to say about it in a public setting, but then Sullivan has never struck us as the sort of man who is happy to play by the rules he would readily impose on others. 

Still, any sane individual would have to question the wisdom of a fully gown man who is regularly seen in public voluntarily wearing a Russian army hat. It’s really not a good look David, trust us. 

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  • Rami Radi July 12, 2016 - 8:26 am Reply

    He’s probably got a point though hasn’t he? However much of a creep he is…

    • admin July 12, 2016 - 8:27 am Reply

      Not with the new TV deal in my view, Rami. The market is different to what it was 6 months ago as a consequence.

  • Jack July 12, 2016 - 8:28 am Reply

    He does open his mouth a lot which sometimes can annoy us West Ham fans, but with transfers he’s done a pretty decent job so far for us, I’d argue he sort of has a point. I do like Benteke and I think he’ll do well at Palace if you sign him but paying someone 120k a week off of a back of an awful season is mad. We pay Payet that and look at the season he’s had!

    • admin July 12, 2016 - 8:29 am Reply

      I believe the market has shifted massively this summer because of the TV deal.

      You can pretty much add 40% onto what used to be seen as sound business. Tomkins being a prime example.

      • Jack July 12, 2016 - 8:40 am Reply

        Oh it has but if you look at Spurs (as much as I hate them) they have a strict wage structure and you don’t see them flying in with offers of huge wages. That’s why they didn’t go in for Batshauyi.

        With Tonks I think you have yourself a superb player there!

        • admin July 12, 2016 - 8:43 am Reply

          They do, but they still wasted millions on dodgy punts after the Bale sale backed up by a hugely wealthy owner.

          I hope you’re right about Tomkins.

  • Graham July 12, 2016 - 8:54 am Reply

    This coming from the man who spent a fortune on Andy ‘permanently injured’ Carroll!

  • Steve Clarke July 12, 2016 - 8:55 am Reply

    Whatever you think of Sullivan, he, Gold and the Apprentice woman are doing a great job at West Ham. That aside, Benteke would be a huge gamble based on him rekindling the form that he showed for Villa. However, on too many occasions during the last season, he simply did not show the determination to get involved as much and give 100%. Far too much of a gamble for me at anything like the price quoted.

  • Spiceboy July 12, 2016 - 9:11 am Reply

    Yeah I think he may be right as well + once u start paying silly wages the rest of the squad gets annoyed and feel like they should be on it. Cabaye prime example did well when he joined then basically went off the boil and Pardew spouting about if any other player knocks on my door I’ll just say your not as good. Give me mcartur in a team over cabaye anyday as Dann said when he got injured we lost the heartbeat of the team. So for benteke to come in on £120,000 a week is a joke plus he doesn’t want to join and he isn’t a grafter. We defo need a good striker though and we should cast our net further afield but keep our wage structure in check. We need another centre back & striker then that’s us sorted then we can ditch the dead wood sako, Campbell, etc job done.

  • Patrick July 12, 2016 - 10:33 am Reply

    Benteke barely played in the second half of the season and still got over 10 goals, playing in a team & system that didn’t suit him.

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