Again, it's just not as simple as that. Who precisely is inquiring about these players who aren't contributing? You realize they have contracts so we can't just throw them out onto the street? We need demand in order to move them. I get that it's easy to say we should move on certain players first, but the world doesn't always acquiesce to our wishes.
Stop with the patronising - "it is not as simple as that". Yes I know someone like Downing has a contract.
Downing is rated in the game. He was successful at Villa, Brad Friedel praised him on Sky saying what a good footballer he is. He got in the England set up. He is not good enough for us, but teams like Sunderland, Stoke, Villa etc would take some like Downing for £10 million.
Even if Downing can't be sold - which I think he can easily be sold.
Why sell our best wide player last season? For £2 million, which is hardly anything. He is one of few match winners we have, we need players like him to get in the top four. He can make an impact off the bench or starting and we don't have hardly any other players who can do this.
I'm sick of the club looking at balance sheets. Keep our best players, get rid of the poor ones and the finances will take care of themselves - as we have more chance of getting in the top four. If we sell Bellamy, keep Downing then don't complain when we don't come top four. As Downing was one large reaosn why we didn't get top four last season, as he contributed 'F all' in terms of assists and goals, unlike Bellamy with far less game time.
Bellamy gives you passion, professionalism and is guaranteed quality.
I hope this is bollocks.