Stating the Villa Obvious on the Carney Chukwuemeka Situation
Lets start with two facts…
Despite what certain headlines suggest no team will buy Carney Chukwuemeka for a transfer fee of £20m (or even half of that) this summer and no team will pay Carney Chukwuemeka £100,000-a-week for his next contract.
At the end of last year, Aston Villa offered Chukwuemeka a new deal, as he only had one-year of his contract to run. The player to this date has snubbed it.
Now, if Villa rated the 18-year-old player, and you’d guess they did, since they were drip feeding him into the first team last season, the financial package for his age would be decent. Indeed, after a period of negotiation, the final price that Villa arrived at would have potentially been more than they originally wanted to offer the midfielder, who made two starts last season, with 10 further appearances from the bench.
Groundhog Day Demand
The Chukwuemeka scenario actually hasn’t changed much from eight months ago, and the continued press coverage has been constantly repetitive.
Desperately repetitive, it has to be said…as if it was being orchestrated by a third party.
Notice the ever-growing mentions of links to Europe’s top teams. The likes of Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich, Paris St Germain, Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal, have all made good attention-grabbing clickbait.
If Chukwuemeka’s team/agent have been feeding such names to the kind of low brow football media that will print anything (you know who I’m talking about), the reality is since Villa drew their line in the sand, seven-plus months ago, no team seems to have come in during this time to get ahead of this supposed feverish demand.
The truth of the matter is, if any of these aforementioned teams have ANY interest in the player, it’s probably only on the off chance they can sign him on a pre-contract for the 2023/24 season, as a free agent (where they’ll pay a minimal compensation fee).
The attempts to build a narrative to cover up a greedy player (or the greedy management team of the player), who’s attitude on face value, puts him in danger of being seen as something of a Poundland Pogba, are quite frankly laughable.
As a Guardian writer wrote last November:
‘He has come to fear that the club will most likely rely on established players or signings at the expense of promoting youngsters.’
Two words: Jacob Ramsay.
Ramsay made his Villa first team debut 17-years-old and went on to sign a new four-and-a-half-year contract with the club, aged 19-years-old. Last season, he really came into his own, making 34 Premier League appearances and scoring six goals.
Would Chukwuemeka really have a better chance of playing more first team games at any of the teams he’s allegedly linked to? You know, the teams that finished higher than Villa last season or are chasing the Champions League next season?
Chukwuemeka has actually had more first team experience at 18 for Villa, than Ramsay did, so he can’t cry in terms of opportunity.
Those journalists prone to hyperbole, like touting Chukwuemeka around as a one of the best future central midfield players in Europe, obviously haven’t watched many of his Villa first team performances. Based solely on them, from MOMS point of view, it’s easy come, easy go, when it comes to his future.
The next couple of seasons, would be more key to truly building up a better picture of the player’s true potential and any team would be taking on something of a gamble on a player of his age, at this stage of his career.
Silly headlines like ‘Aston Villa set to lose millions as Carney Chukwuemeka refuses new deal’ from the Daily Telegraph and ‘Sources: Aston Villa sensation Carney Chukwuemeka wants extraordinary £100,000-a-week deal’ from the cringeworthy Football Insider, simply create a clickbait pantomime that its orchestrators and the player will eventually regret.
Judging by Steven Gerrard leaving the player behind when Villa went on their Australian preseason tour, the club have already had enough of it, and so has MOMS.