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The Perils Of Post Tournament Buying’
Footytubeblog (Blog) 4 years ago
We almost fell for it - again. Indeed Arsenal fans would have been the greatest victims in this act of trickery and illusion, because for the second consecutive European tournament, Andrey Arshavin was putting together a string of great performances. The term “great,” however, is not to place him alongside genuinely great players of our time. Instead, it’s to highlight the huge chasm in quality between what the Russian offered in North London and what he was offering for his country.

All Andrey Arshavin is doing is reminding us that no player should be judged off the back of an international tournament.

Here’s the first interesting thing about these international tournaments: The idea that a player should not be judged on three or four good international games works the other way, too. Certainly in most people’s minds, the options in the Dutch attack would be far more attractive than that of a Russian who has been accused of laziness, among other things. At least that’s how it works in the normal world. International tournaments skew the view of players who aren’t continuing in the same vein as their domestic form.

Undoubtedly, if a club were only to view this summer’s Euros and use it to base their transfer targets around, they would be looking to pick up Arshavin and even Nicklas Bendtner. Those names come to the fore ahead of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and even Karim Benzema, both of whom made no contribution of note but had excellent seasons last year.

It’s not to say that clubs should not pursue the good performances of those at an international tournament, as Jordi Alba replicated his form with Valencia. But it is a dangerous and tainted avenue to venture.

Indeed Thomas Muller saw a meteoric rise in his reputation following the 2010 World Cup. As one of the joint top scorers and with a name like that, he was sure to be one of the leading stars of German football. Fortunately Bayern Munich didn’t have to pay for his services, as he’s since failed to live up to the expectations laid before him. Was it, like many, the act of playing for his country that brought out the best in him?

Muller’s case is not unique and many fans will still hold him in high regard following that tournament. But despite a good helping of experience at his age, he failed to make similar strides this time around. His career is far from in danger, but like Arshavin, there are genuine questions being raised about his future.

However, it is worth noting that these Euros have not been wholly deceiving. As with Alba, Mats Hummels, Alan Dzagoev and Mathieu Debuchy lived up to the expectation. Rather than Debuchy’s likely sale to Newcastle coming off the back of a good tournament with France, the club are looking to follow-up on a player they’ve monitored for much longer. And maybe tournaments like this are necessary for players like Dzagoev. It highlights their versatility and their temperament on the big stage. Questions can be raised about the quality in Russia, but there are very few doubts about Dzagoev’s ability to perform.

The bad may just outweigh the good when it comes to players having good international tournaments. But there is always likely to be a Gilberto Silva among the Andrey Arshavins.

Written By Thomas Hallett

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BeefCurtains (Limerick) 4 years ago
Kimaway17 (Liverpool) 4 years ago
Debauchy did not have a good tournament. France defence was was the complete opposite of solid to be honest
Blueskiesahead (Chelsea) 4 years ago
Soccernomics had a fantastic chapter on this very subject. Really interesting read for anyone wanting more details on this subject. The stats really do back up this opinion

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