The word ‘deception’ is a thread line when the dilemma of possibly finalising a deal in the transfer window is at hand. The sides of a coin very much apply in this context:
THE HEAD – the player could turn out to be a team leader from a performance perspective, the ideal buy and an early bloomer. The player could hit the ground running, fire on all cylinders and become a cult hero with strings of memorable magic moments that could keep fans in awe.
THE EDGE – the occasional burst-up-the-scene player that dazzles, teases and then fizzles away when pressure mounts particular on the big stage. The player with huge potential that might never get to fulfill it. The once-in-a blue moon player that shows flashes of brilliance, skill set and dynamism that are only fickle to the casual observer. So close yet far from being the perfect player.
THE TAIL -the square peg in a round hole player that just never fits team style and system. Often having issues with settling in a new country and then struggles to put together good performances that would be a relief but this never happens. A bad debt for the club.
With regards to Chelsea’s reported interest in Juventus left back, Alex Sandro, the club must not throw caution to the wind. We must evaluate the player’s quality and actual value. Is the Brazilian a good fit for Conte’s tactical system? Does he represent good value considering his over £50m price tag? Are there no quality and cheaper options than him?
These puzzling questions need to be sincerely answered before we splash the cash. It’s a decision the club must make to avoid another bad piece of business deal that would be regrettable.
Let’s hope for the best. Cheers!