This in itself has bread a horrible, vulgar beast in our game, the modern day footballer. Now I am not suggesting that all our top flight footballers are pampered, spoilt, vain, individuals, who have no sense of what it feels like not knowing if you will have enough money in your bank to pay your monthly mortgage payment, but a high majority of today's footballers fall into this category. Many live the life of a pop star, they feed and crave attention, they must feel they are almost untouchable.
So if a player who has not even turned eighteen yet or played a first team game for his club, is driving around in a Bentley, what would motivate him? I suspect the majority of lads like this would believe that they had already made it. They have the flash car, the air head WAG complete with expensive designed bag and miniature dog sat inside it, and no mortgage or money issues. Its an issue that Roy Keane touched upon when playing for Manchester United, comments that cost him his United career, but he was correct to question certain younger fringe players who were driving flash cars without really putting in the performances on the field of play.
Its been rumoured that Manchester United youngster Paul Pogba (18) who has made one appearance as a substitute for the first team, is looking to renew his contract with the reds if he is paid £40,000 per week. I am absolutely staggered that a player that has made one appearance as a substitute could command a wage like that.
Obviously the player's agent has had a big say in these demands, knowing that while Pogba stalls on a new deal, he is publicly drumming up interest for his client that will eventually see him go to the club who will pay him the most money. Its just another worrying sign of how things have changed in our game. I very much doubt that Pogba was scraping the Old Trafford turf from the bottom of Paul Scholes's football boots the day he decided he would ask for these obscene wage demands. Cleaning the boots of Senior players is something that a young Scholes would have grown up doing when he was a youth team player at United, learning discipline and respect, I think you will agree that players like Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs will never come through a youth setup again.
All football clubs want the best young players, and today £1million is not even viewed or frowned upon as a hefty fee for a teenager, who has never played a professional game before. Clubs have even been reported as going head to head over players who have not even left primary school yet.
Its something that is not going to change in the world of football, player power and agents rule our game and there is not really much that can be done about it. Even if you did away with agents, players would become the new agents and would still be out to negotiate the best individual deal for themselves. A Footballers career is short compared to that of a working class person, its just a shame that the majority of modern day footballers are motivated by bank balances rather than the clubs crest that they ware on their chest every week.