Sunday, August 24, 2008

Disaster! So Now What...!?!?!?

Fucking Hell. What a bloody mess. Is this mess Calderon’s fault? After the whole offseason period was dedicated to getting Cristiano Ronaldo, we are left with a couple of massive problems:
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1.) Not only are we left with a situation wherein Schuster’s request for another striker remains unanswered..
2.) We now have in our hands as a result of the strategy used to pursue CRon, an unhappy Robinho looking to trade the Bernabeu for Stamford Bridge.
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We had an injured 30+ year old RVN last year and we were lucky the Raul found great form last season, compensating with a 23-Goal season. But Raul too is in the wrong-side of 30. Robinho was the third-highest goal scorer for RM last year with 15 goals in all competitions. Without his injury, he might’ve given us a few more. Now here we are without the needed relaiable back-up striker and we are staring a situation in the eye with our 3rd best goal scorer wanting to leave.
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Yes it’s true. Robinho’s agent is probably a greasy, greedy bastard looking to pocket a pile of cash from the huge transfer fee. Robinho himself is probably being an ass, having the cheek to demand to be paid the same wages as Raul on a season tainted by his decision to not return to the club on time (instead turning up in a party where he reportedly asked for 40 condoms) and talk of him not taking his recovery regime seriously to recover from his abdominal injury. But the truth of the matter is that, if all that talk of him being used as a bargaining chip didn’t come out, he probably wouldn’t have had enough reason to bitch and moan and ask for a transfer.
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I suspect that Calderon’s statements where he made sure to mention Robinho’s 150m-Euro buyout clause is just a ploy to get Chelsea to meet the 40m-Euro valuation of Robinho – a smart move. But what happens to the roster now? Granted that we will have Rafael Ven Der Vaart to fill in for the injured Wesley Sneijder (who scored 9 goals last season) this season. Robinho's dearture leaves us with 2 major problems: The first would be a third source of goal scoring. an optimistic prediction would be that Van Der Vaart can provde us no more than 10 goals perhaps (I know he scored 18 last season for SV Hamburg, but this is RM and La Liga we're talking aobut here), Sneijder at best might be able to replicate his 9-goal tally last season. I'm hopeful that Higuain can better his 9-goal haul, but is it too early for us to assume that Higuain will finally mature into the 'Raul's heir' player that we all hope he could be (Titles aside, my great ambition for Madrid this year is to see Higuain explode and become the world class player all Madridistas know he will eventually become)? Schuster continues to howl for a striker: so here we are now looking at alternatives signings:


-Is this the year we add yet another dutchman, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar among our ranks? Would that be a sound decision? To add a young upstart who wouldn't seem happy to time on the bench to sit behind Raul and RVN?


-Or do we bring in Diego Milito, an experienced (read: aging) and sureball goalscorer who is facing a season in the second division. He costs something like 20m Euros though, would this be money well spent given that he's 29? I do suppose he'd be more willing to sit on the bench to play La Liga and Champions League football rather than in the Segunda division. If this does happen it'f be very interesting to see Diego face brother Gabby during the Superclasicos.

-If there is a move for a striker at this point, this would likely mean the end of Javier Saviola's time with Real Madrid. This would also likely mean that my dream of RM being able to capture Lyon's Karim Benzema would be over: something that would make me really really sad.
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And what of Robinho's role on the wings? What of our wing options? Are we all seriously expecting Arjen ‘Glass Man’ Robben to take over for Robinho? That would be an incredibly risky expectation especially with the young, inexperienced and seemingly unready Drenthe as the only viable sub for Robben. There's talk of brining in Santi Cazorla from Villareal or Diego Capel from Sevilla. Both are good options: Spanish (good for the fans), young and have the class. But neither are in the level of Robinho who on his day be counted as among the best players on the planet: a 'Crack' who can win a game by himself. If we get either of the 2, will we still need CRon next season (or just make the prick pay the 17m penalty his pre-contract agreement supposedly stipulates which can well be the price of Cazorla or Capel)?
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The story ain’t over yet… but all of this is really smelling like a disaster that could have been averted, yet in classic Madrid-style, here we are again.
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Shit, Shit, Shit.




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