…where does James Milner ‘lose & gain’ in his decision to
join Liverpool when his
contract expires at the end of June? Manchester City
His decisions / choices
Of course he’s his own man and the decision to swap the blue of
for the red of Merseyside was his to make.
But this is my
Blog and so this is how I
see where James’ decision-choices have left the Manchester midfielder. England
WAGE: Apparently James has gone from a
offer of £165,000 per week to an actual wage of £125,000 at Liverpool. We’ve been told time and
time again that money wasn’t the issue for James and I, for one, firmly believe
that. However, facts are facts in this case and although I don’t see the Milner
family having-to-now shop at budget stores an’ the like; he is now on a lower
income and so…
INTERNATIONAL EFFECT: Following on from the last decision effect, this will clearly benefit him with regards to his
career. And for a player
with a great level of fitness and in-game ‘engine’; as long as he’s needed
skill & positional-wise by the England Manager then his move to Liverpool
will no doubt benefit him internationally. Good move on that score and so… England
IN SUMMARY: Has James made a bad move? Does he get an overall ‘
Unlike a lot of footballers these days James seems to have a very sensible head on his shoulders and without knowing for certain – and without having read any possible interview quotations that might have been published while I’ve been on holiday – I think it’s simply a case that he did indeed want more ‘game time’, which he’s pretty much assured. I also think that he’ll be hoping in some small way at least not to BE the new Gerrard but to at least give it a flippin’ good go of filling Stevie’s boots as much as he possibly can; making him loved by the Kop if not necessarily ADORED. He’s certainly got ‘the drive’ to achieve that goal.
‘Winning trophies / medals’ may well be what true professionals like James say they want most out of their career and so if we are to believe that sentiment; on that score he has most likely lost that potential in many ways by moving along the M62.
But James also seems to both ‘like’ and ‘rise to’ challenges and having ‘been there and done it’ for the most part with
perhaps a new challenge is what he also yearns for. That’s something he’s ‘ticked’ then. Manchester City
I certainly wish him well – not his new team at the detriment to us of course – and while one hand might be scratching my head in some puzzlement at his decision to move from M11 to L4 the other one is most definitely waving a FOND farewell.
Thanks for everything James. If your incoming replacements have half the heart & spirit you have shown at
then we’ll be left
in good hands after your somewhat sad departure. Manchester