CHIPPING IN - with Darren Foreman: QPR’s spending is a huge gamble

CHIPPING IN is sponsored by The Roundel Cafe, Northway, Scarborough.
CHIPPING IN is sponsored by The Roundel Cafe, Northway, Scarborough.

It’s that time of year where the football clubs pay over the odds for a player hawked around the clubs by their agent.

Of course it’s better known to us as the January transfer window, where reporters wait around training grounds to get an interview through the window of a player or managers car .

File photo dated 19/01/2013 of West Bromwich's Peter Odemwingie. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday February 1, 2013. Peter Odemwingie has risked further angering West Brom by responding to their accusation that he acted "wholly unprofessionally" over his failed bid to move to QPR by claiming he joined the Baggies in similar circumstances three years ago. See PA Story: SOCCER West Brom. Photo Credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

File photo dated 19/01/2013 of West Bromwich's Peter Odemwingie. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday February 1, 2013. Peter Odemwingie has risked further angering West Brom by responding to their accusation that he acted "wholly unprofessionally" over his failed bid to move to QPR by claiming he joined the Baggies in similar circumstances three years ago. See PA Story: SOCCER West Brom. Photo Credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

The biggest spenders have been QPR, who have broken their own transfer record twice in the last week and allegedly given both Loic Remy and Christopher Samba £100k a week in wages in the process.

How a club who barely muster over 15,000 people to their home games can afford this is beyond me.

But they have a rich owner I hear you say, and that they do, but unlike Chelsea or Manchester City they have far less potential to attract top players or crowds to their small stadium.

The last few years we have seen numerous clubs with ‘sugar daddy’ owners who once they have finished with their toys have chucked them out of the cot leaving the clubs high and dry.

In this photo made available Friday Feb.1, 2013 Mario Balotelli arrives in his parents' house in Concesio, near Brescia Thursday, Jan 31,  2013. Balotelli finalized his switch from Manchester City to AC Milan for (euro) 20 million ($27 million).  (AP Photo/Spada, Lapresse) ITALY OUT

In this photo made available Friday Feb.1, 2013 Mario Balotelli arrives in his parents' house in Concesio, near Brescia Thursday, Jan 31, 2013. Balotelli finalized his switch from Manchester City to AC Milan for (euro) 20 million ($27 million). (AP Photo/Spada, Lapresse) ITALY OUT

The clubs discover it was a loan repayable to the owner, who retains possession of the club’s best asset, the ground in the form of a holding company.

Unfortunately for QPR the best way forward for them would be to produce their own talent through their academy, but as proven by Harry Redknapp, he was unprepared to put an untried youngster on the bench and decided to name two keepers on the bench, which was clearly a message to his chairman that he wanted to spend some money. And that he did.

Last year there was much disappointment that Redknapp did not get the England job, but unlike Roy Hodgson he has never nurtured young talent or demonstrated that he can use his coaching ability to improve the players on the books instead using the chequebook to buy a team.

This is not available to the national manager because if it was I am sure Leo Messi would be high on the wanted list.

In a week when Portsmouth look close to liquidation and ultimately relegation, it is a fact not lost on all Scarborough supporters about living beyond your means and having to pay the consequences later.

Still, it was quite amusing to see Peter Odemwingie, who travelled to QPR for a medical despite not being given permission to do so, was forced to go back to West Brom with his tail between his legs.

Must have been a funny sight at training there this morning.

This column has mentioned Mario Balotelli many times and it seems that his race has run as far as Man City are concerned and I am sure the back pages of the tabloids will be a far less interesting read now he has departed.

But a parting of the easy was inevitable and if he can show the form he showed in the Euros, he will be an asset for AC Milan.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

“Yes, it was better than sex. To score in a game like this was unbelievable. I have to be careful as my missus could read this”

Luton’s FA Cup hero Scott Rendell after scoring the winner to dump out Norwich City.

TEAM OF THE WEEK:

Luton Town were the first non league team to win against a Premier League team since Sutton United beat Coventry City in 1989.