Richards isn’t getting abused because of his contract.
Imagine how much angrier people would have been about the ridiculous two years we gave Adomah if they’d spent the whole first season assuming, naturally, it could only ever possibly be a one year deal.
This could go to 12 pages. I still remember the look on Brian McCarthy's face when Gerry the Landlord asked him how the Guinness in the Crown was after Brian had seen one of the younger barmaids "stirring it around".
Similar situation - when we signed Luongo from Swindon, Tottenham had some Daniel Levy-special sell on fee of something ridiculous like 40%. So we bought Ben Gladwin at the same time and the deal was weighted something daft like 75:25 in Gladwin's favour, even though he was obviously the far inferior player. Swindon got to keep more of the cash and Levy got shafted so everybody wins. Until you see Gladwin play, that is.
When we say "injured", one of the people involved in that squad at the time told me Nygaard would sit out training... games... weeks at time... not because he was injured but because he "thought he might be about to possibly soon get injured".
Also, as we know, it's about selling at the right moment and peak of the market or value. They've got a new manager at Palace, Eze and Olise could provide him with £150m+ to rebuild a team that needs it.