Gyan Will Have To Live With What Might Have Been

The deal looks healthy for Mr Gyan’s bank manager too, with reported wages of over £140k per week on the table, which should soften the blow of playing in a very, very poor league during what should be his prime years.

Gyan Will Have To Live With What Might Have Been

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Andy

July 1st, 2012

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It seems that the inevitable has finally happened, with wantaway striker Asamoah Gyan finally leaving Sunderland on a permanent transfer.

If reports are to be believed, it’s a very good deal for Sunderland, and one I very much approve of. The reported £6m world record loan fee being topped up with a further £15m means the club are looking at an £8m profit on the player.

The deal looks healthy for Mr Gyan’s bank manager too, with reported wages of over £140k per week on the table, which should soften the blow of playing in a very, very poor league during what should be his prime years.

Yet the overwhelming feeling on Wearside over the move of such a high profile player remains to be little more than “meh” followed by a shrug of the shoulders. Nobody is really that bothered. Having gone through the majority of last season without him, we’ve become accustomed to it.

Gyan’s time at Sunderland started in the most spectacular of ways with a stunning debut goal against Wigan Athletic, and the Ghanaian quickly warmed to the hearts of fans with his customary dancing goal celebrations and over-whelming zest for life. Then it all changed.

From the moment he scored for Ghana against England at Wembley Stadium, people began to get into his head. Performances on the pitch dropped, he didn’t seem to bothered by it, nor the fury it drew from fans. We can tolerate a lot of things, even the odd “bad day at the office” but repeated bad days, and a lack of any real emotion or botheredness really gets the goat of fans.

But the summer was coming. A chance for him to get his head together and start again, and we all expected he would do so after a break, but that only intensified speculation over his future.

Lacklustre pre-season games were just a continuation of the season before, not to mention the looked grossly overweight in the process. However we had cause to be optimistic. Prior to the season starting he declared he’d been through some problems, he was over it and he was ready to knuckle down. .. Huzzah!… Oh…

He was, just not with us. A covert move to middling (at the time) UAE side Al-Ain seemed highly implausible. Many fans, including myself refused to admit it was happening, but eventually it was true and he was plying his trade in their traditional purple.

The anger over him leaving lasted about a day or two at most. After months of substandard performances, despite the big name, there wasn’t a great deal of furore. The over-riding statement being that if he wants to go chase the money and waste his career let him, so long as we get a good deal.

It now appears we’ve got one hell of a deal out of it. Nobody’s batting an eyelid over the move, in fact if anything we’re egging him on to make the move as soon as possible. Not many teams can say they’ve ever wished that upon their club record signing can they?

But it’s very much true. Gyan’s Sunderland and Premier League, perhaps even top class football career parallels his relationship with his country. A tale of what might have been. One that he’ll have to live with for the rest of his days. You wonder if in 30 years time he’ll be delighted with the money or wish he’d made memories. With some hard work and determination he could have had both…

Written by SIMON WALSH.

 

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