Steve Bruce made a massive deal about exploiting the loan market and rightly so. But I believe the downward spiral that led to the manager losing his job began in the loan market. Let me explain.
£70K a week
In recent weeks, it came to light that we would be paying Yannick Bolasie’s wages in full. £70,000 a week and if true, it is sickening. To me, it just rings of desperation. Bruce ran out of options and did what he always seemed to do. Just threw money at it. We should never have agreed to pay his wages in full for a player in the Championship. Bolasie has also just come back from a major injury so Everton and Bolasie would have wanted the loan move as much as Bruce.
It just isn’t logical. Now, I rate Bolasie and if he can recapture his previous form then he could prove to be a massive signing. But it is such a massive gamble. Gambles that were made last season that contributed to getting us into a lot of financial trouble during the summer.
Robert Snodgrass and Lewis Grabban would have both been loaned in on big wages last summer. And had it not been down to our new owners we could have seen our club in real deep trouble.
One thing that has baffled me massively this season is players who were allowed to leave on loan. Andre Green comes to mind first. A player who had a good pre-season and was prefered over Albert Adomah before his injury last season. Yes, he still has a lot to prove but why are we so against giving our own youngsters this opportunity?
Could we have kept Green, saved ourselves the reported £70,000 a week and got ourselves a young promising defender from a Premiership academy?
The second player that comes to mind is Jed Steer. As I discussed in my article yesterday, the 26-year-old should have been given more of a chance this season. After we lost Sam Johnstone, I thought we would give him the chance he probably deserved. He is another who shone during pre-season and give a good account of himself during the win against Hull at the start of the season.
Probably the most baffling of all decisions from Bruce was allowing Tommy Elphick to leave on loan. Like Steer, the defender started against Hull and he even scored too. I am sure he would be the first to admit that it was far from a perfect performance but one to build on. I can’t imagine it is easy when you are playing for a manager who clearly had no faith in you.
With a run in the team, who knows, Elphick could have grown in confidence and become a crucial player in the side this year. You can see why he would have been annoyed though after he was dropped for a defensive midfielder to play in his position. It is an area we are most vulnerable in also!
Decision making is a big thing for a manager in football. You live and die by your decisions. Sadly, for me, Bruce got it so wrong in the loan market.