For most players I would imagine money is only part of the equation. They also want to be competing for the top honours in the game. A massive salary may well attract the likes of Wilshere but I'd hazard (no pun intended btw) a guess that if we offered Aubameyang or Lacazette a 25% increase they'd laugh in our faces. Our target has to be catching up to Arsenal's level, not the problem it would have been in the past, and convince players we can challenge for the major trophies.IronsForever wrote: ↑Thu May 16, 2019 8:12 amTo be fair mate we are starting to pay decent wages. Arnie and Anderson get the same amount as Arsenals front 2. We are only going to lose a player for me to top European clubs. Them clubs are always loaded with players and as i said before a player can easily fade away and become a part team player because competition is so high.Everton rarely lose players and we are closing in on that benchmark.andyginbrasil wrote: ↑Thu May 16, 2019 2:42 am
Unfortunately that will always be the case unless you are competing with the big boys in European Competitions. I'm sure all up and coming footballers have their ambition of playing in CL final, and that can only be achieved at the top clubs. The likes of Anderson, Rice and Diop will all be lured away from little old us to a big club playing regular European football and as long as we get decent money for them to invest in the next Anderson, Rice and Diop we cannot do anything about it.
Do you stay at a club who is paying you very decent wages, loved by the fans and one of the clubs most influential players. Or do you gamble and join a club where 2 or 3 bad games sees you dropped to the bench? Look at Hudson Adoi. Couldn,t even break into the Chelsea team before he was called up for England . And thats Chelsea.The bigger the club the more pressure you are under to perform week in week out.
Your point about playing regularly is a good one but the really top players have confidence in their ability. Only my opinion but Rice would be a starter if he was at Chelsea because , although not as good as Kante, no disgrace there btw, he is better than Jorginho for whom they paid top dollar. Hudson-Odoi can't get in their team because he isn't near the quality of Hazard or Willian, to name just two competing for his position. In fact the only 90 minutes I've watched him in was against us and I couldn't see what the fuss was about tbh.
Everton is a good benchmark for us as you say and they tend to shop in the same stores as we do. But they did lose a player who many rated as a star of the future when Ross Barkley joined Chelsea. I guess he was well paid at Goodison and no doubt earns a decent wedge at Chelsea but where has he more chance of winning something he can show off to his kids in years to come ?
Hopefully we can progress next season to a level where players like Rice, Anderson & Diop can see some sort of future for themselves at West Ham. Because if that doesn't happen we, like loads of other clubs at our level, will never be able to attract, or keep, the very best or those who look to have the potential to reach that level.