Rams high earners directed to the exit?
Amongst the general coverage around the release of JayMac and Teale (check Transfer Talk for full obituary), one quote stood out massively for me.
During the normal speech around reducing the wage bill whilst improving the squad, Clough stated that Barker, Anderson and Bucko combined still earn less than Alby was taking home. On the basis that Barker was virtually a £1m signing and Anderson was coming off a Premier League contract (agreed he probably wasn’t flush with offers at the time, but still…) it gives you an idea of how much some of the recent signings have been earning and perhaps puts some of the fan unfriendly “cut the wage bill” message into context.
If the wages of these players are so out of kilter with the rest of the squad and our new found financial prudence, then the spotlight is going to turn pretty quickly to Rob Hulse and, in particular, Kris Commons.
Most Rams fans have had the discussion as to whether they’d keep hold of the pair and there’s no doubt both are class performers at Championship level. In the case of Commons, you could argue there’s no better player in his position (getting him on the pitch is obviously a different matter).
Both are coming into the last year of their contracts and are saleable assets. However both are very much in the now or never category for obtaining a fee of any significance. Based on the ‘Alby’ analogy, we can also safely assume that these two are by some distance the highest earners at the club.
With the Rams desperate for mobility and pace up front, with Chris Porter a ready-made replacement for Hulse and Cywka a ready-made replacement for Commons, I think we should stop discussing ‘if’ these two will leave and concentrate of debating where we can attribute any incoming funds and spare wages budget.