You may have read yesterday that Jonny Howson has been linked with a return to hometown club, Leeds United for a reported £4m.
My reaction to that, when I read it yesterday was one of disdain. Really? £4m for one of the best midfield players in the Championship, a player that is also proven as decent in the Premier League too.
Howson still has two years left on his contract and is worth a fair few pennies more than that derisory figure. It’s probably just a figure dreamt up by a hopeful Leeds fan in his bedroom.
That figure is as much money as Leeds have spent on a player since Robbie Fowler and Seth Johnson in 2001. However, the whites do have a new owner after the car crash of the last few years, under another Italian, Andrea RadrizzanI. It’s just possible that Radrizzani might want to start off his tenure with a marquee signing and bringing home one of their own might do the trick.
Every player has his price, Stuart Webber has alluded to that, so it’s not impossible that Howson will be sold by any means, if it suits the club. I would think though that in the current climate, Howson has to be worth at least double that figure, more likely £10-12m, really.
That opinion figure is based on his current contract length should he be sold this summer, the moment we get into 18-12 months then it starts to drop off dramatically.
Phil Hay, of the Yorkshire Evening Post
reckons that Leeds are currently denying any knowledge of interest in Howson and that’s about right, I reckon.
He’s such a good player that of course they would like to sign him, any Championship side would want Jonny Howson but wanting and being able to afford him are two different things.
Dare I suggest that Leeds’ squad could do with that £10 being spent more evenly rather than on just one player?
I’m not saying he won’t be sold, just not for a song. We are not having a fire sale and don’t need to either, the national media are a little too panicky on that front and way off the mark.