We have a scouting situation. For every good player we bring into the club, we bring in at least one bad one. Not sure what I’m talking about? Let me explain. There has been talk of late of how certain players need time adjusting to a new league. How the English game is so vastly different from anywhere else in Europe that coaches tend to allow players a period of lower performance to justify their transition to the game. Yes, I can understand that the English Premier League is different to any other league but when it come s down to it, there are still eleven players a side kicking a ball around the pitch. What I fail to grasp is how some players wither when changing clubs.
I believe that good players will excel no matter the league. No matter the team or coaches. Good players will perform on a very high level because playing football comes as natural to them as breathing. One case in point is Santi Cazorla. He arrived from Malaga and hit the ground running. He is one player who has adapted well where ever he’s played. The player even said:
“I have adapted well and my position within the Arsenal team gives me freedom. Maybe in the few months I have been there people have been talking a lot more about me.’
“I feel important at Arsenal and I want to keep developing. I hope to continue to grow and improve in the future.”
I look at Cazorla and see a naturally gifted player. I’ll even give it to Giroud. He took longer to adapt but I think he’s on the way to becoming really exceptional. I then have to question players like Chamakh. What are they doing in training? What could they possibly be doing that would not even warrant them being included in the team. How can a striker do so well before then simply fail at Arsenal? Is he just that bad and if so, then why did Arsenal fail to see that before? The same goes for Park. Why bring in all these strikers if they not good enough to start regularly?
I don’t like hearing that players need time to adjust to the English game because it puts the emphasis on the player and not the club. Frankly, with a wage structure as strict as ours, we can’t afford the likes of Chamakh and Park to just run down lengthy contracts. Our scouts need to better equipped or Wenger needs to give longer trail periods at Arsenal before signing on players. Either way, our success rate of signing first team players needs to increase.
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