Christian Benteke has reportedly just handed in his 2nd transfer request in as many years.
It would be unrealistic to sign a striker that immediately commits the rest of his career to Tottenham tattooing COYS on his forehead. Loyalty is a quality unrealistically expected by fans when in reality most players have little to no reason to stay loyal to their clubs, usually not being from the area, or not coming through the youth academy or things like that.
The word Mercenary is bandied around like it's the worst insult in football but the realistic view is that most footballers are exactly that, 'soldiers for hire'
That being said....
2 transfer requests in as many years is a bit much.
And in the case of Benteke could be a real worry, we want him because he's young with bags of potential, we want him to grow and thrive and become world class.
So that we, Tottenham have a world class striker leading our line.
But if we want to bridge the gap to Chelsea and the Manchester clubs, if that's our goal then the aim is to have a striker that's good enough to play for those clubs but doesn't, because he plays for us.
Not one that becomes good enough to start for those clubs and immediately sets about jumping ship to join one of them.
The flip side of this is that it doesn't matter. If he plays for us for a year or two and then moves on for a decent sum we can replace him. He can help us to achieve our goals in the short term, the fact that he has now handed in a transfer request at Aston Villa doesn't mean that they never should have signed him, without him they would arguably be sitting in the championship, he hasn't cost them a great deal in wages and they're going to sell him for more than the 7m that they paid for him.
So that brings me to my question really...
Does Christian Benteke's history of transfer requests put you off a move for him?