After frustration and in some cases ridicule, players who have suffered from injury torment will be desperate to show what they have to offer as a new season gets under way
Harry Redknapp used to be tickled by the notion that top professionals would move clubs primarily for sentimental reasons. Many times he made the sort of quip that he delivered in 2012 when there were suggestions that Carlos Tevez might take a big pay cut to leave Manchester City for Redknapp’s Spurs. “He’s always wanted to play for Tottenham,” said Redknapp, deadpan as you like. “Ever since he was in Argentina he had a picture of Hoddle on the wall and Ricky [Villa] and Ossie [Ardiles]. I want to play for Totting-ham, I remember him saying that.” That fiction never became reality.
If, like a species-threateningly large number of us, you have been unable to think of anything better to do than mooch around social media in the run-up to the new Premier League season, you will have seen many players say something similar to Redknapp, but without the sarcasm. “Can’t wait to make my debut in front of [my new club’s] magnificent fans!” has been a popular post, with the agent’s instruction (“Can you tweet something like …”) deleted but easily detectable.
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