If you're a long-time reader of TerrierBlog you'll be aware of my love for Malcolm Tucker, the fictional spin-doctor from BBC show The Thick of It. One quote of his in particular springs to mind when I try to process the news of Aaron Mooy's LOAN move to Brighton...
"I just wanted to say to you by the way of introductory remarks that I'm extremely miffed about today's events and in my quest to try to make you understand the level of my unhappines, I'm likely to use an awful lot of - what we would call - violent sexual imagery and I just wanted to check that none of you would be terribly offended by that?"
Yep, it's going to be one of those blogs, full of hysterical ranting, profane language and repeated jibes at Phil Hodgkinson. Buckle in boys and girls, it's going to be a bumpy fucking ride.
Aaron Mooy - The Facts
At time of writing our Aussie talisman is (just about) a Huddersfield Town player, and there is of course a slim possibility that he will continue to do so. It looks incredibly likely that he will be joining Premier League club Brighton before the day is up.
Every major media outlet is reporting that Graham Potter's side are in advanced talks to sign Mooy on a season-long loan. Yep that's right, not an outright deal that would reflect the true value of him as a player but a fucking loan move.
Presumably one with a financial incentive, a future clause to buy and one that covers the cost of his current contract. Despite that it is still a deal that reeks of incompetence, apathy and downright deception from the club hierachy.
What the fuck is going on!?
The writing should have been on the wall this summer when Phil Hodgkinson released his new 'club branding' in a Q&A session. Town's new chairman announced that we would now be a 'working class club' via a shockingly poor powerpoint presentation that failed to load at times and never synced with what he was saying.
I am a working class person, I grew up in a working class family, I know what it means to be working class. When I was a child my Mum would come back from Iceland with 'Roller Cola' and other own-brand foods just to save a couple of quid.
Although the food was disgusting and the cola could have been classified as a weapons-grade chemical I accepted it. Why? Because I knew my Mum didn't have much money and that we had to make ends meet.
I also knew that my Mum hadn't spent two years working for one of the richest employers in the world. I certainly knew that she hadn't just sold some of our unwanted possesions for a combined £19 million.
So in short, I could accept being working class and I didn't much mind it. Say what you like about Town as a working class club, but our current transfer dealings make it look as if we're pawning off the family silver to pay the interest on a pay-day loan...
Let's dig deeper
Earlier in the year we looked at the financial implications of Huddersfield Town's relegation from the Premier League in this POST. We were somewhat shocked to see that the club would be left with around £40 million to play with in their first season back in the Championship.
Despite that figure not being massive in comparison to other clubs, it is still a healthy amount of money to contend with. Especially when you consider the sales of Billing and Smith to Bournemouth and Stoke respectively.
Factoring in that money, the club should have £59 million in reserve before deducting the small fees spent on Koroma, Brown and Bockhorn. So why do we need to get rid of Aaron Mooy?
Why are we looking to offload Steve Mounie as media outlets believe we are? Why are we trying to replace these players with loans and the free signing of Frazier fucking Campbell? Why, why, why!?
Is it because the rumours are true? That Phil Hodgkinson doesn't have a 'pot to piss in' football chairman wise? Did he buy the club through some sort of finance deal that he is now looking to repay?
There may well be a perfectly good explanation to Town's kamikaze transfer window thus far, but I for one can't think of one. Perhaps at Hodgkinson's next Q&A he could ditch the quite frankly amateur slideshow and enligthen us all?
Over the past few days I have been asked by numerous fans on social media how we would go about replacing Aaron Mooy. I shrugged most of the questions off, safe in the knowledge that the club wouldn't get rid of an irreplacable player.
If we did sell Mooy, I said, replacing him would be absolutely impossible. He is by far the best player I have seen in a Town shirt and I'm sure that's the case for a lot of our readers. Mooy brings something different to the team, he's a player with the ability to dictate the tempo of a game and spark something from nothing.
Without spending big money we will be unable to replace him, and from our transfer dealings so far there are no signs that we're willing to spend that kind of money. Maybe we can bring a kid in from Newport County eh?
The Final Word on Mooy
I'm well aware that this blog has been full of hyperbole, emotion and profanity thus far and whilst I am minded of that, I make no apology for it whatsoever. I may have a platform to write about Huddersfield Town but essentially I am a fan, and at the moment I'm perplexed and angry at what's happening at the club.
To finish this blog on a sour, aggresive note would be wrong though. That would detract from the main cause of my rage - sadness. I am incredibly sad and dissappointed to see Aaron Mooy leaving the club, because he is a tremendous player.
During his time at the club he has given us some incredible memories and has been vital in our recent success. He deserves to play in the Premier League such is the quality at his disposal, but that doesn't make me feel any less distraught.
Good luck for the future Aaron and thank you so much for your service to the club over the past three seasons.
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