Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah could not complete a move to Crystal Palace on transfer deadline day due to his wage demands and TalkSport pundit Danny Mills has had a real go at him for his ‘daft’ decision.
The Englishman was expected by almost every Arsenal fan to leave the club in the recently-concluded summer transfer window. However, an untimely injury drastically decreased all the interest clubs had in him.
Although the chances of a potential exit looked slim, Patrick Vieira’s Palace managed to agree a deal with Arsenal. However, Nketiah and his agent reportedly demanded a ton of money to move, and that forced the Eagles to end their interest. (TalkSport)
TalkSport pundit: Eddie Nketiah has made a daft decision
The former Manchester City defender said on TalkSport: “He’s daft, that’s what it is. He’s being badly advised. Sometimes you have to take a step backwards to take two steps forwards. You have to back yourself and say: ‘You know what, it’s not really what I want right now, I might have to take a little bit of a cut, but I’m going to go there.
“I’m going to go there and score goals, I’m going to show how good I am and then the season after that or the season after that, everyone is going to be coming in after me because I’ve scored 15, 20 goals in the Premier League. And then, Palace aren’t going to be able to keep hold of me because there will be too many clubs in for me’.
“I think that’s very naive, because what will happen is you’ll have this season where you will do absolutely nothing, you end up on a free transfer and everyone is going, ‘well, you’ve not played for a year, you don’t really know what you’re doing’. You’re always best to go out and play, no matter what.”
The Insider’s View:
If rumours about Nketiah and his agent’s demands collapsing a move to Crystal Palace are true, the Englishman has made a bad footballing decision. However, he will be a free agent next summer and from a financial standpoint, it makes a lot of sense.
Mills certainly has a point though. A move to Crystal Palace where he would’ve played almost every game would’ve been brilliant for him. Nobody knows what will happen this time next year, which makes his decision to stay a risky one.
Nketiah currently has Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Gabriel Martinelli and even Folarin Balogun ahead of him. That means he will barely get a game this season, but he has made that choice and he’ll now have to live with it.