Stan Collymore suggested on the Call Collymore show on talkSPORT on Saturday evening (April 2) that he would not mind if the Aston Villa players trained in London.
The former Villa striker was discussing the prospect of clubs signing top players with the lure of having a London base.
A club based in London can be more attractive to a foreign footballer than those situated elsewhere in England.
Collymore has said that he would not mind if the Villa players trained in London if that meant that the club would be able to sign some quality footballers.
The former Nottingham Forest striker has also asked the Liverpool and the Newcastle fans if they would be fine with their respective clubs having their training base in London in the future.
“If you are a Newcastle fan or a Liverpool fan, do you care that your players train in the city or do you care that they do their business on the pitch in the city?” said the former Liverpool striker on the Call Collymore show on talkSPORT on Saturday evening (April 2).
“I don’t care if the Villa players train at Bodymoor Heath or not, but I tell you what, if it’s a case of getting three or four world-class players and saying to them, ‘You train Monday to Friday, two miles, three miles out of central London’ and you are playing really well at Villa Park on Saturday, then I will take it all day long.”
Collymore’s idea is an interesting one, and perhaps clubs based outside of London could explore it.
After all, if the lure of training and living in London could attract a couple of top-quality players to a club based, say in the Midlands or Yorkshire, then that could only be positive for the team.