How must David Moyes feel now with all this cash at his disposal?
Eddie Murphy once said these famous lines in his motion picture stand up performance ‘Raw’:
‘’If you're starving and somebody throw you a cracker, you gonna be like ‘Goddamn, that's the best cracker I ever ate in my life! That ain't no regular cracker, was it? What was that, a Saltine!?! Goddamn, that was delicious. That wasn't no Saltine. That was... That was a Ritz. That wasn't a Ritz? God; that was the best cracker I ever ate in my life. Can I have another one, please? Please, one more."
And I have a theory that the new Manchester United manager David Moyes is feeling a little bit like one of these crackerless hopefuls.
For years Moyes was the ultimate skimper and saver earning plaudits for consistently leading his Everton side to high places on a shoestring budget.
Moyes had to utilise the loan market, buy players from the Championship and develop them, utilise young players, look for Bosman bargains and perhaps most frustratingly of all sell his best talent in order to have the cash to spend in the market.
For Moyes it was a constant cause of frustration that saw the likes of Steven Pienaar, Joleon Lescott and Wayne Rooney all leave at some point during his Goodison Park tenure.
Now however he finds himself at one of the richest sports clubs on the face of the planet; and judging by his recent activity it appears Moyes is now a proverbial kid in a candy shop.
After years of being told ‘no’ he is now being told ‘yes’ and there has been plenty of names linked with big money moves to Old Trafford this week.
They are continuing to be linked with a move for Leighton Baines while a sensational £100 million is reportedly being put to one side in order to facilitate a tremendous double swoop for Gareth Bale and Cesc Fabregas.
And who can blame Moyes.
After years of probably looking at several players with green eyes and no green in his pocket he is finally in a position where he can actually follow up that interest with concrete offers.
Moyes is a kid in a candy shop; of that there is no doubt but I never quite got that saying.
If you leave a child in an empty room full of confectionery they are going to devour everything sweet and nice they can get their hands on; and Moyes is simply looking for some sweets of his own.
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