Bailing him out wouldn't be a bad idea but I´d include it as a one of payment in a really long contract extension.Here's a thought.
Imagine if we just cashed out the 16.5m Leao owes. Maldini winks at him and says it's no big deal. Lifetime contract signed this summer.
And you will have people considering Baka an actual football player.Bro there's literally a ton of "I think he'd going to be huge" posts about Pellegri
I have another way to gain Sporting's goodwill... boot lmeao out, tell them that he took the piss with your club so we wont keep him at ours... then ask for a good price on Palhinha.And we'd have a mountain of goodwill on the next talent coming out of Sporting.
Shrewd investment takes many forms.
People who attack Leao for having low stamina don’t understand how different body types and forms of athleticism work.
As was pointed out some guys are just naturally fit, can smoke and drink everyday and then outwork everyone on the pitch or in training. Radja, Vidal, etc… but those players are rarely fast, nor can they ever get much faster. No one gives them shit for that. What’s annoying is that when a player is just naturally fast and can outpace everyone in training or on the pitch, but don’t have high stamina, they’re criticized.
Leao shouldn’t have to run back as much, considering he’s a one-man wrecking crew. Let him do what he’s supposed to do, beat players 1v1 and create numerical advantages.
It’s my personal observation that leads me to believe that when criticising black players, posters will, in their description of those players, more generally refer to stereotypical and negative traits.Is that so?
I mean how exactly? RR has been critisized for low football IQ too. Theo I swear is constantly accused of not being the brightest. Menez has been accused for being lazy. So did Suso. Sharaawy at one point was being made fun of by telling he's some kind of cocaine sniffing druglord. All of them have been crucial to our line-up at a certain point in history (to not step in Chikos trap again, that's why I'm not nominating Castillejo or Borini). None of them is black. How is accusing RR or Theo for low football IQ, Menez or Suso for being lazy, different than accusing Kessie and Leao for the same issues?
I am not mocking you. I'm genuily asking because I don't get it, I really don't, but maybe I am ignorant. I want to try to understand you better to make sure I'm not or, if I am, to make sure I change my opinion on this matter.
Stupid and football IQ are two very different things though, you have pretty dimm people with high sport IQ and intelligent people with really low sport IQ, heck even if one just plays with a bigger group of friends or so it is pretty apparent that the off-field intelligence is pretty unrelated to the on-field one.It’s my personal observation that leads me to believe that when criticising black players, posters will, in their description of those players, more generally refer to stereotypical and negative traits.
Example: Under Gattuso, Kessié was deployed more as a box-to-box midfielder and would often find himself at the end of attacks in and around the oppositions penalty box, but unfortunately more often that not he would miss those chances. As a result of these misses Kessié was called “stupid” and that he lacked “football-IQ” even though any football fan with proper eyesight could see that it was Kessié’s technique and not his intelligence that was failing him.
It was a very general idea at the time that Kessié lacked football-IQ and while I know how these narratives spread like wildfire on the forum, it is not the same pointing to a players lack of pace or physique and thus calling them “turtle” or “noodle” as it is calling a black person stupid because he misses shots.
Now I’m not saying you can’t criticise players of colours’ decision making and I’ve personally yelled “idiot!” and much worse at each and everyone of our players. But as far as I’m concerned there is generally difference in the discourse when criticising players of different skin colour
It’s true that geography plays a big part in our expectations and perceptions of players.I don't think this very US-society based approach works here, a black player from Africa and a black player from South America will bring out very different expectations among football fans, and a white South American will be seen as having more similarities to a black South American than a white European and so on. Prejudice and expectations aimed at playing style etc are imo a lot more culture than race dependent in football.