Jimmy Bullard: What a Bargain!

Steven WoodgateCorrespondent IJanuary 23, 2009

What would be the most shocking revelation this transfer window bring?

Jermain Defoe to Tottenham Hotspur, a mesmerizing return.

Kaka to Manchester City, the ridiculous over the top transfer. Unfortunately, it never happened.

Nigel de Jong to Manchester City, an expensive acquisition to say the least.

Craig Bellamy to Manchester City, the village bike of the Premier League.

Emile Heskey to Aston Villa, a romantic story for England’s main target man.

Mido to Wigan, why?

But none have surprised like Jimmy Bullard heading for the KC Stadium.

He has left Fulham for Hull City; the logic has completely gone out of the window.

Fulham are flying (well for Fulham), playing in midfield with Danny Murphy has been good for Bullard’s game. The call-up to the England squad was no accident, he is a class player, and a team in the top ten must have wanted him.

The Middlesbrough’s, Wigan’s, and West Ham’s of this world are bidding for players like Ben Watson, while Bullard was available for a very modest £5 million. Compared to the transfers above this is a real bargain.

Arsenal need centre midfielders, would he not have fitted the bill? Eligible for Europe and a craft eye for the pass, he would have fitted in perfectly. A real engine in their team, bring back the passion and the hunger to fight for that top four spot.

Although being 30-years-old shows he is no spring chicken, he still has the energy to dominate a midfield and perform heroics on the field. His career has had its gaps though persistent crucial injuries, he has never been able to flourish in the manner he could.

When he signed for Wigan, he played brilliant in securing promotions through all the divisions, never once looked out of his depth.

Hull City have got themselves a pin-up, an icon, and a fantastic addition to their squad. A four–and-a-half year contract decided Bullard’s fate in the end. He will do wonders, where finances and transfer fees are spiralling out of control; it’s absurd that a player of Bullard’s ability was snapped up so modestly.