Is that the UTD player you're referring to? If so he's a sub signing cos Hazard fucked them off. You buy for success not to exploit some markets. OK fair enough if one leads to the other. However with your argument we may as well buy a mix of the national teams in the far east. Wonder why we haven't done that? Prob because we'd be relegated, which blows your argument out of the water.
Wow - you must be a fine legal mind.
So, just to get this straight, your straw man argument that we ignore everything else and buy a mix of far eastern players who might not play well together and get us relegated blows my argument out of the water? Nice one.
Im not the one saying we should have a "face of the franchise" - thats a different poster above writing about Gerrard - but if we WERE to have one it would make sense to choose on ethat would appeal most to the franchise target market wouldn't it? The point about Kagawa is if you have two different players you are thinking of buying and one comes with the advantage of potentially maximising your income from foreign markets - all other things being equal - you buy that one.
I am saying Gerrard's style is better suited to an explosive, low block, counter-attacking team where we draw the opposition onto us then use his pace, power, vision and dynamism to punch through them - the way Mourinho set up his Chelsea side to play or Ferguson sets up his United side to play. They are dangerous on the counter. BUt that's not the football we are going to play. For the type of football that Rodgers wants to play we press high up the pitch, we keep our players in the opposition half and probe them for openings. This means they have got time to get back but get pulled out of position as they chase the ball around. It means we need to patiently recirculate the ball, passing laterally and backwards and not giving possession away trying to force play. That's not Gerrard's game - that's Lucas's. It's why Lucas is by far the most important player at our club. MOre important than Gerrard. Mor eimportant than Pepe, Suarez, Agger, everyone. He's already one of the most important players for Brazil and will captain the senior team soon. That's BRAZIL. THE footballing superpower.
Gerrard has been a great footballer - arguably one of the Premiership's greatest, arguably one of our club's greatest. But he's no longer the best option for captain for the way Rodgers will set up to play. That's ignoring his injury record and the decrease in our points per game when he plays. Im sure there will be a transition over the coming season and that transition should be to Lucas.