We’ve seen this happen time and time…..and time again.
An okay player joins from an average mid-table side, is absolutely shocking to start with and then, suddenly, becomes quite good.
Because of that, said player now has a very high opinion of themselves. They always did have a bit of an ego anyway.
On their day, they can be unplayable. An absolute handful for the opposition, putting everything on the line to prove their flash-in-the-pan critics wrong.
Word then gets around that those handy performances have garnered interest from elsewhere. Time to find some consistency and get a big money offer.
Bingo, someone’s taken the bait.
BREAKING: Marko Arnautovic has this afternoon handed in a transfer request to West Ham United, Sky Sports News understands
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) July 2, 2019
Back for pre-season after a nice break. Time to get back to w….bam, transfer request handed in. Disrupting, meddling and unsettling all at the club is now the primary objective.
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That sad, sad, sad state of affairs is a remarkably accurate description of Marko Arnautovic’s last six months at West Ham.
This is a man who six months later did the same thing, having previously done so at Stoke when he desperately wanted to join West Ham.
This is a man who won’t be missed. Truth be told, he hasn’t looked interested since Shanghai’s interest was first revealed, perhaps even before that – when Manchester United were supposedly courting him last summer.
When you analyse Arnautovic’s performances last season closely, he was actually pretty abject. Disinterested, walking around at a leisurely pace and becoming visibly frustrated when his not so good runs weren’t picked out with laser accurate passing.
There is a silver lining too. While Arnautovic’s wallet may be bulging, his career as a prominent footballer is over.