He's playing in a team he should already have left. They were a mess.
We have actually seen it many times in the past, when we were a mess, with players who have left City.
I don't believe we will sign him tbh but I hope we do.
Are defenders allowed to have bad games?
I seem to recall Van Dijk having a poor game at the Camp Nou last season.
The bloke may be better than tonights showing but talk of 80mil etc, no chance, not a chance we should be even entertaining that or anything close. De Laurentis can take a long walk of a short pier if he is thinking of getting anything like that amount for him. You pay that much for a 22yo world class talent who is proven, not a 29yo who is arguably on a decline of some sort. or at least not playing that great currently for whatever reason.
The major sticking point i think is De Laurentis, he is tight as a gnats arse and will be demanding stupid money. Italian clubs are notorious for not wanting to pay but have every other bugger pay through the nose, De Laurentis being one of the worst for it.
I have not seen anything of him really but can only go of what i do see, not "he was good then in such and such a system". If we still want him, fair enough but if we pay silly money we will be absolute mugs.
Players can drop off a cliff, Sanchez last season at Arsenal should have been a big warning to Utd but they were stupid as stupid gets, the blokes explosive speed went and thus his main attribute that allowed him to be good in the prem. Rooney was totally done at 27. We should be very aware this fella could be on more than a bad run of form. We want someone with buckets of energy, not a player on the slide who has to "manage" his performances.
I watched from just before the penalty. I'd say he gave 3 or 4 stray passes, although to be fair sometimes the movement in front of him wasn't great. It's fair to say that he's the one player in the defence they look to to move the ball forward. He also came for at least a couple of long passes high up the pitch and lost his duel. I think his positioning was generally good and he showed a decent turn of pace at one point. But yeah, if I'd only ever seen that performance, I wouldn't think I was looking at a world class CB.
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