FOOTBALL really is a funny game. Sheffield United fans can afford to guffaw but spare a thought for unsuspecting followers of Scottish Premier League Hearts who have just agreed a three-year deal to sign Conor Sammon.
Maybe it’s just a poor reflection of the standard of Scottish football. But to think a striker who couldn’t even look average in the third tier of the English game will be playing Europa League football next season, is laughable.
Quite what Tynecastle manager Robbie Neilson sees in the 29-year-old whose season-long loan from Derby to Bramall Lane conjures comparisons with damp squibs and wet dishcloths, only Neilson knows. He even beat off competition from Aberdeen, second to champions Celtic, for Sammon’s services such as they are.
Signed by sacked Blades boss Nigel Adkins and dispatched by his successor Chris Wilder with immediate effect, Sammon was an outright failure at the Lane. A striker who looked the part but regualrly demonstrated a reluctance to get involved.
Championship Derby didn’t want him either when he turned up on their doorstep again last month. They were happy to release Sammon from a contract due to expire so that Hearts, who finished third in the SPL, can register him in time to meet the Europa League deadline.
For the record, Sammon scored six goals in 31 league and cup appearances for the Blades. Strike partner Billy Sharp found the back of the net 21 times from 46 outings with no help from the Irishman. That says it all.
If Hearts supporters are worried all is not lost. Sammon will not be putting pen to paper until his return from holiday next week.
Jambos you have been warned.