I don’t think I’ve blogged about football ever since the EPL ended about a month back, and I’ve kept my opinions on Rafa’s transfer policy in reserve more so of ignorance than contempt.
I’m an admirer of Rafa’s wheelings and dealings, so I don’t judge his decisions hastily, like how I do not despise his 30M sale of Alonso to Real Madrid.
At first glance it will look like a step backwards from the Rafalution, Alonso being a key player and integral passer and creative force of Liverpool’s midfield, who occasionally chip in with the vital goals. So why sell Rafa?
30Million. That’s why. Sell now than later, would be Rafa’s mindset, whom only see Alonso as a first 11 player, instead of a keyindispensible player. It’s sad to see Alonso leave, but with his family in mind, his wish to return to Spain with them shouldn’t be compromised, and you wouldn’t want to keep a player whose heart isn’t at a club — and you could really read it in his face compared with Gerrard’s or Mascherano’s.
Oh well, thank you and goodbye Alonso. We’ll miss your ‘half-court’ snapshots and the 40yards diagonal cross-field balls.
And then, Hello Alberto Aquilani! You’ve got big shoes to fill in now. Good luck~