Earlier this week, we picked apart the suggestion that Jack Wilshere might be making a January move to Crystal Palace, concluding that it plucked from thin air and now, Eagles boss Roy Hodgson has said the exact same thing.
Originally linked with a move to SE25 by The Telegraph’s Matt Law, Wilshere will likely be looking at a way of getting more game time when the January transfer window opens but it doesn’t appear as though the idea of signing him will be entertained at Selhurst Park given the nature of the above rant on the subject from Hodgson.
Predictably, the press have described Roy’s anger as “bizarre” and suggested he “lost the plot” with reporters but in truth, I can fully understand a manager showing signs of frustration when he’s being pressed to comment on stories that have absolutely no basis in reality. Yes, managers are often told to keep their cards close to their chest but in this particular instance, I can fully empathise with Hodgson’s decision to lay into the media as a collective entity for buying into the speculation.
As I said when the story first surfaced, Matt Law had clearly taken no time to look at the depth our squad already possesses in the centre of midfield or considered the financial ramifications of such a move before putting two and two together to make five. I dare say Roy’s appreciation for Wilshere whilst manager of England was the sole reason for throwing our name into the mix and if that was the case, Hodgson has every right to blast the story publicly.
We all get fed up with transfer rumours that are simply fabricated to generate web traffic. In the midst of an international break I can understand The Telegraph’s need for an eye-catching headline but doing so without any actual facts to back the claim up smacks of poor journalistic standards at all levels of the publication.
I’ve said it regularly since he first took up residence in the Palace dugout and I’ll say it again, I’m fully behind Hodgson on this one.