For me, Alexis Sánchez wasn’t the best player in the Serie A last season, far from it. It was Edinson Cavani.
Yet amidst the fancy footwork, the bravado, the scintillating tandem play with Antonio Di Natale, people often neglect the horrific start to the season Sánchez had.
Here was a player who was having no impact on the wings, his body language was negative, he looked nonplus and in a critical game against Juventus, he flopped so badly that he was substituted in the 69th minute.
He was relegated to the bench for the next few games, but then manager Francesco Guidolin did something bold by moving Sánchez from the wings into a withdrawn forward role behind Di Natale.
What a tactical move.
For the remainder of the season, Sánchez lit the Serie A with some astonishing performances, like a four-goal haul against Palermo.
Sure enough for Chile in the Copa America, he played excellently as a forward and was easily Chile’s best player.
Now, do you know who plays in his position at Barcelona?
Current FIFA Ballon d'Or and future FIFA Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi.
Possibly Barcelona have wasted €26 million on Sánchez who presumably will replace either David Villa or Pedro on the wings, even though Sánchez plays his best as a forward.