As senseless or as stupid as it is, almost every metric in football is cross-analysed with money.
By fans, the media, broadcasters, social media platforms...the lot.
But as we've both said, those who sign the cheques are ultimately responsible. He isn't the first and certainly won't be the last big money move who ultimately crumbles.
Money can be used to analyze money use, and little else. Easy to forget that, but important to remember.
Analyzing fans and phundits making bad analysis therefore is important. It’s not money making them do it (well, yes, the phundit’s do it to sell), it’s conflating money and performances.
Antony isn’t crumbling, he is playing like a player of his quite good capabilities in a new team and a new league. He’s capable of putting in a good defensive shift, keeping positions pretty well disciplined for an attacker, make himself available often, retain ball well, pass well when playing out from the back, dribble ok, has a few good shots on him and a good leftie cross. He’s a bit lightweight, but quite strong, not very fast but quick feet, very one-footed. Attacking, defending and fitting the style of play, I’d say he fit’s the RW better for us right now than any of Bruno, Rashford, Martial, Sancho, Pellistri, Elanga and Diallo, so I think Ten Hag is correct in using him. He clearly is a fighter and gives his all, so I’m satisfied in him. I hope one of Sancho, Pellistri or Diallo can develop to challenge him for the RW spot, if else I think we need to invest more in that position regardless.
I wouldn’t have paid 100m€ for him even this summer, but maybe I would, because seeing what United have there now, and the lack of fighting mentality many players had, and what RW options were available this summer, maybe it was actually worth a 30m premium to get him in now to get the Ten Hag process rolling and get into the CL for next season.