Date: 31st July 2014 at 7:25am
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So, it would seem that Morgan Schneiderlin will have to go on strike to force a move away from Southampton.

This situation makes me wonder what we as Spurs think about a player holding a club to ransom to make a “dream” move away? We have suffered from this in recent years, with Berbatov and Modric in particular leaving a sour taste in our mouths as they effectively withheld their labour in a bid to force a move away, much to the disgust of our fans. Is the Schneiderlin position any different, just because we are the potential beneficiary?

It might be argued that Schneiderlin has some right on his side, given the fact that Southampton appears to be selling everything of value and have destroyed a very decent team and lost a very good manager this summer, so with such negative change, perhaps the player has a valid point in wanting to leave, though of course Southampton will argue that they planned these sales and are well positioned for the future, whether true or not. Only time will tell.

As fans, can we condone a player refusing to play for a club to force a move, regardless of who we perceive has right on their side. I very much doubt that Schneiderlin has clauses in his contract that stipulate who is manager, who is bought and sold and even that he can leave if the team fall below a certain level of the Prem or get relegated. Players sign agreements, with hope and expectation of success and certain stability and security, in terms of money and length of agreement, but there is always the risk that things will end disappointingly, as is the case now.

Based on that, does a player have the right to demand and then force a move, just because he doesn`t like what is happening or because he has a bigger and better offer on the table? We all know that clubs are far from blameless themselves, but do they at least have a right to refuse to sell or at least be able to get their valuation for a player? There is an ever increasing situation where contracts have release clauses in them, but that isn`t always a guarantee that a player will be valued sensibly. Does he readily agree to a huge release fee for a bigger wage or longer deal? Of course he does. Equally clubs might agree to a number of clauses to retain a valued player for the short term, as with Liverpool and Suarez.

I imagine that as fans, we will all view the Schneiderlin position as one that he is correct in looking to force a move because Southampton are looking to be in a mess, however is that mess relative and that much different than Spurs failing to get CL football, because Chelsea won the Champions league? Its just the same, but in many ways, but as the potential victor in this situation, we as fans will look for justification and welcome a player for our benefit, regardless of what Southampton might want…