Robbie Savage, one of the most notorious players in EPL history, is apparently close to signing a contract with the Vancouver Whitecaps. The 36-year-old defensive midfielder now playing for Championship side Derby County, who the Daily Mail called "statistically the dirtiest player" in EPL history, told the BBC he was being actively wooed by Vancouver and could make the move in time to be ready for the start of the season in March.
"The presentation they [Vancouver] made to me was brilliant. To be honest, it blew me away," said Savage, who joined Derby in January 2008 for £1.5m.
The former Blackburn player added: "I am fully committed to Derby and seeing out the end of my contract there but Vancouver have asked whether they will release me so I can be ready for the MLS season starting in March."
This news is not exactly being embraced by Benjamin Massey of 86 Forever. Working under the assumption that Savage would be signed to a Designated Player contract, Massey sees the signing as more about image than soccer.
I don't want to say that Savage would be a failure in MLS. Quite the contrary, his style of play seems attractive, like a rich man's Terry Dunfield. Except we already have a Terry Dunfield, and nobody reading this site will need an introduction to him. Doubtless Savage could provide an improvement over Dunfield (for a season or two, anyway, before the years and the hard miles catch up to the 36-year-old and slow him down beyond usefulness). But is it an improvement worth spending a considerable amount of money and almost certainly a designated player spot on? To improve a part of the team that is already fairly solid to bring in a player of considerable, but far from game-changing, talent?
Massey goes on to point out Savage's many non-playing interests, such as writing a weekly column and commentating for TV, and highlights the fact that Savage has is likely coming here to retire.