Paul Merson complained on the Sky Sports’ Gillette Soccer Saturday show at the weekend that English players cost a lot of money, but he used a bad example to make his point.
The former Arsenal attacker was discussing the various footballing issues over the past week on Saturday, and among them was the matter of Premier League clubs signing foreign players.
Merson claimed that English footballers are too expensive, which is why many clubs hunt for players abroad, but the example he used to back his argument was Ross McCormack.
McCormack caused quite a stir in England in the summer of 2014 when he moved from Leeds United to Fulham.
According to BBC Sport, Fulham had to pay as much as £11 million for the services of the 28-year-old attacker - quite a lot of money when one considers that the transfer was between two Championship clubs.
However, the problem with Merson’s argument in regard to McCormack is that the former Cardiff City star is a Scotland international.
“The problem is that English players cost so much money,” the 47-year-old said on the Sky Sports’ Gillette Soccer Saturday show. “They do…
“Someone said the other day: 'I can’t buy English players because they are too expensive'. They are expensive. They are too expensive.
“McCormack to Fulham for £12m. Surely I can go abroad and get a 29-year-old international player who has scored 30 gaols for his county on a free and and give him 100 grand a week for two years. Surely they have got to be cheaper.”
While Merson’s argument is valid about English players costing more than many of their foreign counterparts, perhaps he should have chosen a better example than McCormack.