January, it can be exhilarating or maddening for soccer fans. You decide. For me with the New Year upon us, I have a few things on my mind and the number will surely increase as January gets zanier.
Is it just me or should teams realize what a limited impact a mid season buy can make?
Unless the player is coming in from the same domestic league, forget about it. The period of adjustment is usually about six months. If you buy players right now you’ll most likely play them off the bench (or risk injury due to lack of fitness in having to adjust to a new league). More likely these players will be fully integrated by time their summer workouts begin. So if you need an immediate impact, forget about it.
Why did (or do) Spurs want to sign Beckham?
Why even draw this type of attention to your team right now? You are on a roll. I know the LA Galaxy and AEG have obtained their goals and don’t need him anymore, but Spurs don’t need a middle aged midfielder still recovering from injury and his posse to distract what is happening at White Hart Lane. They need to lock in their players like Modric, make sure they don’t leave and get a better a defence.
Why is Mourinho even interested in Amauri from Juventus?
Nowadays I believe it is just agents focusing on their own best interests and constantly getting their players associated with certain teams in the media. Coming off injury is just what you want in your new striker, right?
Yes, Madrid are thin up front. But Amauri has not done anything since he left Palermo. Madrid should be banned from buying any players and make them work with what they got anyways. A better deal would be Diego Milito who probably would jump ship from Inter (who would not right now). Dumping Klaas-Jan Huntelaar may not have been the best decision.
Why is Barcelona letting Argentine striker Pastore hover until the summer?
Could it be because Palermo brass are good at holding unto players until the right money comes in? Probably and it actually works out for both parties right now. With the depth of Barcelona, he needs to play every game. Palermo offers him that, Barcelona does not. Next year when Zlatan is officially off the books, is the time to bring the kid in and have a team Argentina party.
And when is the big money coming for Marek Hamsik from Napoli?
He won’t go cheap but some big team should try to grab him before his stock really rises in the summer.
Will Mario Balotelli finally shut up and just play football?
Anytime you need advice from Nigel de Jong to mellow you out, you know you got problems. You’re homesick but you are rich, please stop whining and just play. Your form has been good lately so just focus on that and stop giving interviews and play ball.
What was the best piece of business already completed?
Milan grabbing Antonio Cassano on the cheap and pairing him up with Pirlo, Seedorf and crew (could be wonderful to watch) or was Barcelona snapping up the Dutch play maker Ibrahim Afellay for €3m…both deals are smart, very smart.
Why not go crazy Arsenal and get your old midfielder Alexander Hleb?
He has mentioned wanting to play for you again and with your midfield, you could use someone that is direct. You can have all the ball control you want, but without a player with this mindset, your team will not truly challenge this year as the season lingers on.
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