Can you consider someone a failure if they have never played for the club?
Or do they simply get marked down as an ‘N/A’ as in there’s not enough data to go around to give an accurate description? Well whichever way you tend to look at it, we’re going to need an answer because that’s the situation that Blues find themselves in with their latest transfer move.
The club announced yesterday that midfielder Ivan Guzman has once again been loaned out to Spanish side UE Cornella, where he also spent last season after he was loaned out the day that he signed for the club on a free transfer on a two-year deal.
So he was signed on a free transfer, sent out on loan, then sent out on loan again until the end of his contract. So we’ve either not paid a penny for him and not even seen him play, in which case it was a complete waste of time. Or we have paid something, perhaps an initial signing on fee or a percentage of his wages etc, in which case it’s a waste of time and money.
This brings me back to what I was saying in regards to Fran Villalba. It’s quite clear that Guzman, like Villalba has no future at the club, so why didn’t the club sell him instead?
Even though the profit amount might have been thin, with income set to be limited this season because of games being played behind closed doors, any money we could have generated from this deal would have been better than making (presumably) nothing or even making a loss on the deal.
Will fans be in grounds by the end of the year?
And before you say anything, don’t tell me that a year in the third tier of Spanish football is going to help him develop for the Championship and we’re just going to extend his contract at some point this campaign, because it just isn’t, we’re never going to see Guzman pull on a Blues shirt.