The signing of Matt Jarvis from Wolves was seen as a great bit of business for the Championship side and there were suggestions that West Ham were, for the want of a better phrase, robbed in pure daylight. The fee is officially undisclosed, but it is believed to be worth around £10 million including add-ons.
The cost was a shock to some who believed that this price tag was more suited to a younger, upcoming and perhaps more regular international player. But there might be one thing that has bumped up the price of this 26-year-old winger, and that is the fact that he is English.
He has only played once in an England shirt, but this doesn’t mean that he won’t be capped in the future. This probably is a player at his peak, so it is likely that there is no profit to be made, but his crosses prove to be as accurate as stats suggest, the £10 million could just be the difference between finishing 17th and finishing 18th.
And if he earns the honour to play more regularly for England, how can that be bad advertising for the club? The British press has a habit of throwing suggested transfer fees about, regardless of whether agreements are reached by clubs or not and some of the most recent ones include the transfer of English players for fees that seem highly unjustified.
Take the rumours of Carlton Cole to Liverpool in the last couple of years as an example. There were suggested price tags of up to £20 million, which had not been reflected in his performances throughout the seasons, but there was still potential of a more permanent England place.
Even for the purposes of football commentators and pundits praising your current or future England stars, it’s worthwhile having someone who fans of all sides can get excited about for their potential in the net World Cup or European Cup.
West Ham United have produced some great England internationals over the decades and there is no reason why Jarvis cannot be another one of those names. At least we are moving away from signing internationals coming towards the end of their peak career i.e. Freddie Ljungberg and Teddy Sheringham, and are now looking to younger players who still wish to better their careers and impress Roy Hodgson
We know that transfer fees in football are ever increasing, so in years to come Team GB football stars of 2012 like Ryan Bertrand, Tom Cleverley and Micah Richards will be worth their weight in gold. Maybe we should snap a few up while we can still afford it. With the next World Cup only two years away, it would be great to see a Hammer representing England.