Dispelling myths - risk of buying from abroad

Discussion in 'Football Forum' started by Nedved, Jan 3, 2018.

  1. Jan 3, 2018

    Nedved Full Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    The following is probably the strongest XI of recent signings from the Serie A:

    Darmian/Hoedt - Rudiger - Ogbonna
    Zappacosta - Pereyra - Lemina - Pogba - Alonso

    If counting players who moved from the Serie A indirectly to the EPL, one could add Ibrahimovic, Sanchez and Morata to the formation. Possibly a bit shakey defensively but CL-competent in other departments.

    Can we all now, considering the general success of the XI above, agree that the perceived risk of buying from the Serie A is no higher than that of buying from any other league, the EPL included? City has based its success on buying some of the best players from Germany, La Liga and Ligue 1, rather than overspending on domestic talent. Stones and Walker are obvious exceptions although not crucial for their transfer model.

    I see the myth of buying foreign players, especially from Serie A, being repeated in other threads regarding Dybala, for instance. Some players from that league have underperformed (Darmian, Cuadrado, Zaza who is currently dominating in Spain) while others are performing much better than expected (Coutinho, Salah, Alonso, Lemina). Why am I still seeing posts regarding top class players in other top leagues being considered “not likely to repeat it in England”?
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  2. Jan 3, 2018

    Massive Spanner Thinks Geoff Shreeves has one

    Jul 2, 2014
    Tool shed
    Primarily because a lot of posters on here view the foreign league's (wrongly) as hugely inferior to the PL.
  3. Jan 3, 2018

    freeurmind weak willed

    Mar 10, 2017
    Jose's hotel room
    Thought this thread was going to be about Amazon/Ebay
  4. Jan 3, 2018

    Charles Miller Full Member

    Oct 4, 2017
    When some people say things like "but its just Serie A", i think is highly disrespectful. Despite the current level of the leagues you can identify those who are the best prospects at any football country.
    Sometimes we should take more risks in the market. Specially with young/cheap players.
  5. Jan 3, 2018

    Moonwalker Full Member

    Oct 30, 2009
    This has been done to death, and always framed as an issue on which one proves their cosmopolitanism. It has nothing to do with nationality, nothing to do with quality, and everything to do with style. Unless you take the ostrich view that there are no differences in style between leagues, it stands to reason that players who have already demonstrated that they adapt well to a particular league, are better (all else being equal) than those who are yet to show that. This of course works both ways and can be said of Serie A in relation to signing Spanish players or the Scottish league signing Portuguese players.

    You can pretty much assert this a priori, without any empirical reference, but of course that would leave you in wont of a platform to show how non-jingoistic and non-provincial you are, and where would be the fun in that.
  6. Jan 3, 2018

    RooneyLegend Full Member

    May 3, 2013
    This myth is one of the more strange one's in recent times especially given that most of the best players in the prem are foreign. Logic dictates that they all must have come from a foreign league at one point or another yet 'proven' is still a thing.
  7. Jan 3, 2018

    BBRBB Full Member

    Jul 13, 2015
    Paris Saint-Germain
    It's weird to focus on a few fails from abroad when the best EPL teams recently have been built with foreign signings while the sucess rate of "PL proven" players in top clubs have been abysmal.
  8. Jan 3, 2018

    AndyJ1985 Full Member

    Apr 11, 2016
    It's really bizarre. Many of the leagues greatest ever players have come from abroad.