Everyone and their dog are currently reporting the news that Wilson Palacios has admitted that he has his heart set on a move to Real Madrid. Whilst it would be preferable if Wilson had kept his ambitions to himself, I don’t think that it’s something that should cause us major concern.
I’ve already read views from Spurs fans claiming that this admission is disrespectful to both the club that pays his wages and the supporters that cheer him on. As I’ve already said, it would have been better if Wilson had kept schtum, but foreign players do tend to be a bit looser tongued than their English counterparts. I don’t think though that this statement means that Palacios doesn’t have any loyalty towards Tottenham.
All it means is that he’s ambitious player that wants to get to the very top. Shouldn’t we welcome players like that to our ranks? I don’t recall many critiques of Palacios’ lack of loyalty when he happily walked out on the Wigan fans that adored him, when we came knocking.
The simple fact is that until we are regularly winning trophies, competing in the Champions League and playing before a huge sold out crowd every week, our best players are always going to be on the lookout for pastures new. Even if we do achieve all that, there’s still the possibility that our stars will want to join the likes of Real Madrid. Manchester United are hardly starved of success, but that didn’t stop Ronaldo wanting to leave them.
It’s frustrating of course, because how do you reach that level when your best players are constantly being cherry picked? We looked to be assembling a decent side a few seasons ago, but then Carrick went to United. We buy Berbatov and he and Keane formed a deadly partnership before both leaving two seasons later.
I guess it’s a case of taking two steps forward for every one step back. We have to invest the cash we receive from transfers wisely. This hasn’t been the case with a lot of our purchases, but Palacios was money well spent.
The reason that it doesn’t bother me that he’s made this admission, is that I can’t imagine Palacios not being totally committed, even if he did fancy a transfer. Unlike Berbatov, who sulked and refused to play when United came calling, it’s hard to picture Wilson not continuing to give his all.
In fact, considering that Real Madrid are pretty well stocked in defensive midfielders at the moment and have shown no interest in buying him, it means that Palacios will need to bust a gut if he’s to one day earn his dream move.
This can only be good news for Tottenham. If Real Madrid or any other giant of the football world want to buy Palacios, it will be because he has been playing consistently well for Spurs (probably better than he has performed this season). He signed a five and a half year contract just over a year ago, so anyone that wants his services will have to pay big money for the privilege.
So as long as he gives us his all in the meantime, I for one won’t begrudge Palacios if he eventually earns his move to Madrid. Just as long as we continue to progress whilst he’s here and don’t replace him with that Zokora bloke from Sevilla.