Mark Warburton has sent out another despairing plea for Dave King to release the keys to his £30m transfer warchest.
This summer the former city trader has yet to pay out a transfer fee for a single player as he scraps around the leftovers of English football to mount a challenge to Celtic.
Mr King has promised further investment in January but like the share issue, appointing a Nominated Adviser and accountability any promises from the South African based tax criminal should be taken with a mountain of salt.
As well as being unable to spend money in the transfer market Warbo has been unable to call in any favours to bring in loan signings leaving his ageing squad looking threadbare.
Despite creating The Next Gen Series, which collapsed after two seasons, Warbo seems unable to contact any club on the continent as he obsesses about the money available throughout English football.
“You have 21-year-old players down there on up to £25k a week,” he explained as if surprised. “That is fact. We went after a couple of players for loan deals and we found out were in excess of 25-30 grand a week – and there’s a clutch of eight to 10 clubs prepared to pay full wages. It’s incredible.
“Players are set up for life from an early age so how hungry are they late in their careers?
“I have seen youngsters on £40k a week. That’s £2million a year over five years. Add in sign-ons and bonuses and that’s a £12.5m contract. How many young players can maintain that desire, hunger and appetite?
“I’m amazed at the amount young players get paid these days and so many just drift away without fulfilling their potential.”
Having been amazed at the wages involved for English based loan transfers perhaps it’s time the former city trader stopped moaning and switched his focus to the markets that other Scottish clubs operate in.
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