Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Carlos Tevez, and Emmanuel Adebayor! Such is the caliber of each of these players that their involvement in this summer’s transfer market has left no spotlight for the lesser-known talent. Such is the nature of the market right now that none of the European giants can be bothered with a move for the hidden gems. For instance, even a clinical striker such as Klaas Jan Huntelaar remains in transit zone with not many big clubs taking the initiative to wrap up a deal for him.
Not too long ago, my fellow Premiership Talk writer Brian Lofrumento wrote an article with a similar theme, reminding the football world of the availability of certain effective players who could be snapped up for cheap due to a lack of hype surrounding their future. Honestly, I don’t make a promise that this article will have a completely different theme from the one that Brian had written. But due to the fact that some of the players on his list have already completed their transfers, I will discuss a few other names who have been mysteriously ignored thus far.
In addition, the format this article will follow will be a little different as well. An unsung star will be listed, and subsequently compared with several high-profile stars that he is currently up against in this competitive transfer market. Furthermore, the suggestions will be divided by different playing positions. Well, then let’s get to it quickly, starting with the goalie position.
UNSUNG GOALKEEPER: Rene Adler (Bayer Leverkusen)
Adler, who has captained Germany at the U-19 level, became a fixture in Leverkusen’s starting line-up two years ago, when he was only 22 years old. With a string of impressive shutouts, he has helped the side from Westphalia regain some of the respect it has lost over an inconsistent last decade. Many have hailed him as the Oliver Kahn of the future, and I can only hope that interested parties clinch a reasonably-priced deal for him rather than overspending on aging stars like Gianluigi Buffon.
UNSUNG DEFENDER: Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
This United States international rarely gets the credit he deserves. With his excellent ball distribution and a priceless instinct, I am surprised to see West Ham use him as sparingly as they do. I am not going to say that the youngster can be compared with established in-demand defenders such as Ricardo Carvalho and Joleon Lescott. But then again, won’t Spector be much easier on the wallet!
UNSUNG MIDFIELDER(s): Gokhan Inler/Gaetano D’Agostino (Udinese)
Over the last couple of years, Udinese has suddenly acquired a reputation as one of Italy’s best sources of talent. After providing rivals Juventus with a strong forward in Vincenzo Iaquinta, Udinese can now provide Real Madrid with a much cheaper alternative for the likes of Xabi Alonso and Cesc Fabregas. And this alternative is none other than Gaetano D’Agostino. Fortunately, Real have realized that there is a limit to the depth of their pockets as they have reportedly inquired about the player already. And while I hope D’Agostino ends up in the right place, I am still waiting for Arsene Wenger to step up his interest in Swiss prodigy Gokhan Inler. For around 10 million Euros, Inler could provide the Gunners with some much needed depth without straying away from Wenger’s idea of a typical Arsenal recruit.
UNSUNG FORWARD: Grafite (VfL Wolfsburg)
This section is particularly addressed towards AC Milan’s rookie manager, Leonardo. Given Milan’s struggle to afford the overpriced Luis Fabiano, they should set their sights on Fabiano’s countryman, Grafite. If they decide to pursue Grafite, the Rossoneri would have to return to Wolfsburg, where they already failed once when trying to lure Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko to the San Siro. However, I feel any club has a better chance of signing Grafite as it seems that Wolfsburg somehow might have a lower valuation for Bundesliga’s highest-scorer from last season.
Well, those were just my two cents on how certain clubs can utilize the transfer market better. I know I am not the first person to voice concerns over the absurd inflation that the transfer market is currently suffering, and I am sure I won’t be the last one either. But like everyone else, I have expressed a unique solution to the situation and I can only hope that the transfer market returns to sanity as soon as possible.
Who would you like to see at your club for a reasonable price? Have your say in the comments section below!