有趣的是,阅读阿尔特塔谈话关于威廉的自由转会签约背后的原因。有一个金融元素,当然,他名义上是“免费”,在尽可能多的,因为我们没有支付一定的费用给他。

“真正适合我们的那一刻,”经理说,你就可以理解为什么。他还谈到了球员的性格,称他是“胜者”,并使其清除的东西,他觉得球队需要。在他的七年间切尔西,巴西折磨了大量的奖牌和奖杯,其中包括两个英超冠军和欧洲联赛中赢得了比赛我没有任何的记忆。

但是,如果你正在寻找的真正见识到这笔交易 - 从足球的角度至少 - 阿尔特塔说:

我们有一个明确的意图在前腰和边锋位置,加强 - 他是一个播放器,给了我们很大的通用性,他可以在三个或四个不同的位置打球。

To me that says a lot. If transfer funds are limited, bringing in players who can play in more than one position makes some sense. Willian has played a lot on the right at Chelsea; he can play from the left too; and we keep hearing about how we have plans to use him centrally. I’m not quite sure how much I buy into that, but time will tell, and across that front three and just behind, he’s someone who can do a job. A player with a lot of experience, who won’t need time to adapt to English football or anything like that – someone who can come in and contribute now.

从本质上讲,我们已经带来了玩家的瑞士军刀。下面是关于他们的事情,他们是非常有用的。The knife isn’t bad, the nail file is handy, the scissors is a bit fiddly and you wouldn’t want to use it for any too substantial, and if you’re ever in need of a screwdriver they can do a job there. It’s practical, convenient and perfectly serviceable. Are they as good as tools specifically designed to a particular job? No, but if you can’t afford those, it’s always good to have one around the house, just in case.

我认为威廉能带的东西这个团队,它丢失了。He’s clearly a good player who will add to a squad which is going to have a lot of football to play next season, with Premier League, Europe, the two cup competitions, and all in a congested, truncated time period because of what’s happened to the Covid-impacted schedule. I really hope he does well, and it’s easy to see why he’s been brought in. As much as that FA Cup win was amazing, we were so reliant on our starting XI that day. With all due respect to our very talented young players, there wasn’t a lot of experienced quality on the bench, so this helps bridge that gap a little too.

However, I think it’s also reasonable to harbour some concerns. Even leaving aside the Chelsea connection – which could be dismissed as just a quirk of fandom – signing a 32 year old to a three year contract is pretty generous, to say the least. It’s an absolutely great deal for the player, not so much for the club. Right now we currently have issues with players in their 30s who we are finding it very hard to move on, so what happens if, in 18 months time, we’re dealing with a Willian whose decline is quite sharp? We have an aging player on big money whose contributions are dwindling but who will have every right to sit tight and see out his contract if he so chooses. Perhaps that’s a very cynical, worst-case-scenario outlook, but it’s not as if this hasn’t type of thing hasn’t played out at this club too often in recent times. Are we learning? However positive you might be about what Willian can bring as player, there’s a risk element that has to considered.

正如蒂姆指出他出色的威廉·异型件, while there’s a good case to be made for Willian in isolation, he’s now the third Kia Joorabchian client at the club. In fact, three of our last four signings have been represented by him.我昨天写了一篇关于他太多,而在我们如何招募玩家更广阔的背景,我认为这是毫无疑问的东西,我们应该有我们的眼睛打开 - 这是外交,因为我可以了解它。有很多球员在市场上,有很多的天赋摆在那里,我们目前正在从一个非常小的池塘钓鱼。

Could the money we’re going to invest in Willian over three years have been better used to bring in a younger player with more chance to develop, and who will retain some value if/when we chose to move him on? If you sign a 23 year old who doesn’t quite live up to expectations, you have a 25 year old who will likely have suitors. If he does well, you have a player in his prime years doing the business. I know we have some short-term considerations, and as I said I can see Willian being a useful player for us next season, I wonder about our long-term strategy because these short-term deals have been very hit and miss for us.

Let’s hope that Willian is a hit though, because we really need him to be. Even a well-used Swiss Army Knife can help get you out of trouble.

For more:斯科特从统计角度来看这里看看威廉

最后,对于今天,这是非常有趣的阅读阿森纳已经展开了调查尼古拉斯·佩佩转让。即将没多久KSE任命自己的律师向板,它很难不某些连点在那里。有关该交易的结构几乎从天一个已经有耳语,一些谁参与其中的人,以及一些金融要素。已经传闻在超速约在执行层面的潜在离职,但让我们看看会发生什么,我们可以谈论它更多的则。

For now, have a great Saturday, and if you haven’t had a chance to listen yet, there’s a brand new Arsecast for you too.

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