From Arsenal to Manchester United for £24 million (€30.3 million)
With Wayne Rooney out for the foreseeable future, hindsight says the Robin van Persie signing makes sense, but it’s not a smart signing.
£24 million for an injury-prone 29-year-old forward who could have been signed for free next season is foolhardy.
Anderson, Owen Hargreaves, Rio Ferdinand and Tom Cleverley have all been held back by injuries. Prior to last season, van Persie’s injury record included a fractured metatarsal, a knee ligament tear and ruptured ankle ligaments.
In 11 seasons, he has only played 40 games or more in a season three times.
How can van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Shinji Kagawa play in the same lineup? They can’t. One of the three will fail to live up to expectations.
A 4-4-2 forces an out-and-out attacker in Kagawa to play in centre midfield. A 4-2-3-1 means either Van Persie or Rooney will start on the bench. However, a concession can be made with one of the two starting in a wide-attacking position.
£24 million to play van Persie out wide—really? If Rooney operates as an inside-out left attacking midfielder, will he be fine with that role? No. He did his time playing second-fiddle to Cristiano Ronaldo.
To fit Rooney, van Persie and Shinji Kagawa into a starting XI, you’d have to use a football manager formation like a 4-3-2-1 or a 4-3-1-2.
There’s a reason why the majority of European clubs use the 4-2-3-1—it’s balanced across the field.
By the way, Chicharito is one of the most efficient forwards in the world right now. Signing van Persie basically means adios, Javier.
League Only (11-12) |
|Goals ||Shots Per Goal
|Van Persie ||30 ||5.8
|Rooney ||27 ||5.8
|Chicharito ||10 ||4.7
|Danny Welbeck ||9 ||8.9