Which players and club have made bad decisions this January?
1. Robbie Keane to Celtic
It is only a loan move and Keane’s frustration at a lack of starts for Tottenham is understandable, but generally his career has been on an upwards curve since leaving Liverpool last January while the standard of the SPL continues an a distinctly downwards curve. His reasons for signing probably lie in the heart rather than the head, but it is a move that would have been more suited a few years down the line from now. Conversely, this a great signing for Celtic.
2. Younes Kaboul to Tottenham
Harry Redknapp once profited from the fact that Younes Kaboul was not good enough to play for Spurs. Has he improved since leaving for Portsmouth? Probably. Enough to make him a decent Spurs signing this time around? I’m not convinced.
3. Mido to West Ham
The Egyptian striker’s track record consists of bagging the odd goal, eating too much, being lazy and falling out with people. Quite how that fits in with West Ham’s relegation battle remains to be seen. The only consolation for Hammers is that this is a loan move – done on the cheap and easy to undo.
4. Patrick Vieira to Manchester City
Perhaps being thrifty isn’t high on your priorities when you have Citeh’s resources, but Vieira hasn’t really made an impression on any team since leaving Arsenal. The injury which has kept him out since he arrived at Eastlands could be a sign of things to come.