Although Peter Odemwingie did not force through his desired move from West Bromwich Albion to QPR during the transfer window, the signs for the future of football are not good.
Players and agents trying to engineer moves for their own gain is perhaps not a new phenomenon, but this most recent saga was perhaps the worst kept secret of all transfer sagas.
Certainly money will have been a huge motivator for both the player and his agent, as QPR have splashed the cash in order to bring in some quality players over the past month.
Agents will see opportunities to earn very good fees from encouraging their higher profile players to move. Impressionable players can have their heads turned by money and promises of instant wealth.
West Brom have performed very well this season so to swap a very stable club for a possible fruitless relegation battle seems odd. The fact that Odemwingie drove down to Loftus Road to try and engineer the move is also confusing.
Footballers can sometimes rely heavily on the direction agents give them and perhaps this was the case here. Fortunately both clubs involved still have their reputations intact.
QPR and Harry Redknapp were forced to lock Odemwingie out of Loftus Road and distance themselves after his impromptu arrival at the club's ground, and West Brom stood firm despite numerous bids for the player, with Odemwingie stating his desire to leave.
Odemwingie was very naive and unprofessional in his actions but was clearly influenced by others or, if not, he was ill advised by those nearest to him.
Footballers should surround themselves with people who can best direct them but more importantly, they should respect the game and those involved in it.
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