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I don't see the relevance of his price tag?He's a good player and is coming in for criticism now because it's his turn. People have got sick of slagging off Williams and Morgan and the others so let's turn our attention to Pickford and Gana.
Right so at least we are talking. However does Gana possess any of the qualities needed in even a top 8 midfielder? Are we seriously playing a 7.1m midfielder up against all the level of our rivals?
Well the price is relevant (to a degree) because it's a barometer against his peers.
The reason it was £7m was because it was a deliberately low relegation clause as Villa probably thought it would never be activated, after the season he'd had he was easily worth north if £10m without the clause. They paid £9m for him season before, which was still a decent sized fee for a player even though it was only 2 1/2 years ago.
I know the reasons mate, it's still absurdly low, whether they thought relegation a possibility or not.
That was the benefit to us, getting him so cheap. The point is, as you've just said it was absurdly low so shouldn't really be used as a stick to beat him with like Thomas has or saying it's a barometer against his peers, we got him far cheaper than he would have been without the clause.
Not a stick in any way. Absurdly low in comparison to how he's turned out, but a figure Villa were happy to put against his name. Desperation to get a deal done will have obviously been a factor, but if they though he was a top, top player (I'm talking CL standard) there's no way they'd have agreed, I don't think.
Story doing the rounds that he signed a contract extension back in October until 2022 according to the FA website
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