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Performance Grade: F | Signed from Ajax for €6 million
Well, at least he wasn't an expensive flop. That would be the spin coming out of Paris Saint-Germain's PR department if they attempted to explain Gregory Van der Wiel being, well, Gregory Van der Wiel.
Did PSG not watch Van der Wiel's last season at Ajax? He was so bad that when Ricardo van Rhijn—a natural centre-back—filled in at right-back, fans preferred him over the more experienced Van der Wiel.
He could have rectified his season with a strong showing at Euro 2012, but he was awful. Dutch football journalist Johan Derksen offered an explanation for Van der Wiel's dire form (from Voetbal International via Goal.com):
Gregory Van der Wiel was working on everything except football. He has his own clothing line and was working too long on it. Plus he was working on hip hop music and was getting his hair done every day. Players hardly saw him without headphones on. He wasn't listening to music only during matches and training.
Van der Wiel has been such a liability that he makes Christophe Jallet look world-class.
The Dutchman is fortunate that he's insignificant in the grand scheme of things, because all the media attention is focused on Carlo Ancelotti possibly losing his job and Javier Pastore giving up on himself.
Pastore, one of the most heavily criticised footballers this season, has a L'Équipe player rating of 4.67—Van der Wiel's rating is even lower, at 4.3.