Departure Lounge – Kris Commons
At the beginning of the week, I had a text exchange with my brother which basically said “Rangers offering £500k for Commons, if they nudge it up a bit, I’ll be happy with that” the reply suggested we should hold out for more. It seems Rangers did offer £500k plus add-on’s but the eventual fee we’ll receive is widely quoted as somewhere around £300k. A fraction of what most fans thought he was worth but did we have a choice?
Commons has been regularly labelled as “best player in the Championship” (admittedly by team-mates and other biased sources) and during the summer, the talk was of receiving anywhere between £1m-2m for him. However, it can’t be ignored that no Premier League team felt tempted even when it was widely publicised that he’d be leaving for a knock-down fee. Premier League teams rarely sign Championship players nowadays,
especially 27 year olds, so our chances of getting a decent fee were slim.
I was actually surprised how hard the Rams had tried to keep him. The rumoured offer of 3 1/2 years at around £15k a week was something Rangers struggled to match and was, in my view, very generous in this day and age. Commons has had a brilliant 5 months for the Rams but the other two years have been a mixture of good, mediocre and injured. Those figures were gambling heavily on three good years. The future is always unknown but with Commons injury record (admittedly clean this year) I don’t know if he’ll be worth £15k a week when he’s 30. We had similar thoughts on Hulse and in his case, he’s only managed 9 games and one goal for QPR since leaving.
The argument for is of course that Clough has ironed out many of Commons’ faults and he is now becoming the player he’s threatened to be – but again we’ll never know.
Once Commons decided he was moving on, there didn’t seem much point keeping him. The fee is small but there will also be a significant saving on his wages. It’s hard to imagine how fans would react to a player who has chosen to leave and no doubt the finger would be pointed at the slightest fault – a situation not good for players or fans.
Having said all that, I think Commons has been brilliant at times this season and his goals and/ or assists have single-handedly won us many games this season (‘Boro, Doncaster and Ipswich spring immediately to mind). He will be sorely missed, so the task now is to sign a couple of players to fill the void. I wish him well.
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