Is Craig Gordon worth £9m?

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8th, August 2007

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gordon.jpgRoy Keane has broken the British transfer record for a goalkeeper by signing Craig Gordon from Hearts for an astonishing £9 million.
It’s also a record fee for the Black Cats, beating the £6.75m they paid for beanpole striker, Tore Andre Flo, five years ago. We assume Keane is expecting heavy traffic in his team’s penalty area this season but it sounds like a lot of money for a youngster that’s never played in the Premier League.
Aside from the astronomical £23m that Juventus paid for Gianluigi Buffon, keepers tend to be more affordable than most – and even previous World Cup winners like Fabien Barthez cost less than Gordon.
So, is Sunderland right to splurge so much between the sticks or would the money be better spent on someone to actually score the goals they’ll need to keep them up?

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Well the goalkeeper is the most important position on the pitch. So compared to £6mill for Richardson, this makes sense I think. He’s young too.

  2. Bezzo says:

    Keano’s buying record is unproven so far so I guess only time will tell. He can’t be any worse than Barthez surely???

  3. Murfmensch says:

    Well, that’s why he’s buying Mido! Hossam Ghaly is available now at a very good price.
    On a serious note, I think almost all premier league vets are over-priced so a recently promoted team is better off trying to game it with SPL, Championship, and MLS players. –jbm

  4. Murfmensch says:

    Well, that’s why he’s buying Mido! Hossam Ghaly is available now at a very good price.
    On a serious note, I think almost all premier league vets are over-priced so a recently promoted team is better off trying to game it with SPL, Championship, and MLS players. –jbm

  5. craig lyall says:

    They got him cheap !!!!
    In another 2 years he will be worth a lot more.

  6. John says:

    From what I’ve seen of him at Hearts, he really is a fantastic goalkeeper. Do I think he has what it takes in The Premiership? Why not!
    I think that the pressure is going to be amped up and it will take some time to adjust to the pace,but he has had enough time in goal at an international level, and no matter what we may think of the Scottish league, there is still enough quality there to produce goalkeepers like Gordon.
    I think he is definitely worth it, but time will tell.

  7. dean knowles says:

    i cant believe people are questioning craig gordon 9 million price tag for you people who have not seen him in action i can tell you now that hes 1 of the top 5 best goalkeepers in the whole of europe and hes still only 24 hes the new buffon.

  8. Frew says:

    Im sorry to say it but apart from Chelsea (Cech & Cudicini) and Liverpool (Reina), which Premiership side can boast a consistent world class keeper? answer, none. This move by Roy “Prawn Sandwich” Keane is an excellent one. Yes, the young lad has never featured in the English top flight and he is only 24. He has proved that he can perform under immense pressure though. When? you ask, versus Italy when Scotland drew with the so called World Champions. He put on a fantastic display and if it wasn’t for Gordon then Scotland would not be in the position they are now in qualifying for Euro 2008 would they? I know the SPL is a “Mickey Mouse” league and that apart from playing the Old Firm there is no test of ability for the other teams, but that only puts emphasis on the players that are good. Gordon is the best keeper Scotland has ever had, and I’ve no doubt in my mind that he will be the best keeper Sunderland has ever had. Worth £9 million and some if you ask me. Well done Roy, Sir Alex, will be seething that he has missed out on this one. Good luck Craig.

  9. Lawman says:

    eh… Frew, how about Given and Harper? until last season when he was injured in a freak accident, Given has been more reliable than a Lexus!
    C.Gordon is DEFINITELY worth the £9m. Dean Knowles is right, he is comfortably in the top 5 best keepers in Europe. At only 24, his composure and calmness is already world class so think what he’ll be like in 2 or 3 seasons from now with the extra EPL experience he’ll have under his belt.
    Arsene Wenger has always been good at pointing out youngsters with potential and he’s been chasing him for 2 seasons now. With Bayern Munich being another admirer Gordon IS class.
    Obviously the Old Firm are the 2 major force in Scotland but don’t forget that Gordon was part of the Hearts team that got into the C.League (qualifiers) by coming second to Celtic, splitting the Old Firm for the first time in (probably) decades.

  10. Fraz says:

    Craig Gordon is easily in the top 5 goalkeepers in Europe just now and 9m is a fair price. Keane has a good eye and has nabbed Gordon before anyone else could.
    All this talk about playing in the SPL and not as part of the old firm is nonsense. The fact that he was not part of the old firm is good, he’s in the firing line, if he had played for rangers or celtic then he wouldn’t have been challenged like he has. It’s the goalkeeper (amongst others) that keeps a weaker team in the runnning.
    He’s as agile as a cat, tall and young. You’ll see Sunderland gradually climb the ladder. Good luck Craig and keep doing what you’re doing for Scotland….you’re a legend already.

  11. danny says:

    craig gordon is the best goalie in the world
    i fuckin hate the mags!!!!!!!

  12. danny says:

    craig gordon is the best goalie in the world
    i fuckin hate the mags!!!!!!!