Clubs Must Beware Of The World Cup Hype

After every World Cup, English clubs sign players based on their performances on a very different stage. Why buy those now over-priced by recent brief success?

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davislurve (Blackburn Rovers) says...

I'd love to see an "outside of the box" Successes from the world cup for once in my life article. I can't read about El Hadi Diouf after every world cup being a flop anymore.

Posted 6:07pm 17th July 2014

soul controller (Tottenham Hotspur) says...

Ahh, the old Kleberson was a flop lie again. Nice. So that would mean Owen Hargreaves is remembered as a flop too, right. No, he was just injured unlike Kleberson who was rubbish even though he was injured. Got it.

Posted 4:08pm 16th July 2014

Synergy says...

@sailingmagpie> Ignore bobsy. He is just a bitter Pool fan who is just realizing that inspite of United not having CL, we are being linked Vidal and Di Maria while Pool are buying players like the unknown and unwanted (by anyone else) Markovic.

@bobsy> £30m Ferdinand & £25.6m Rooney turned out quite well for United. So don't worry too much about Shaw. By the time his career is over(10+ years as LB for United), he will be considered a steal at 30 mil.

Posted 10:38am 16th July 2014

levi says...

@Shagwa, if value is defined by how many games you play and not by what you do while on the field, then they didnt need to buy him at all, they couldve just given anyone else the eleventh place on the teamsheet

Posted 2:08am 16th July 2014

arexrarris (Liverpool) says...

Jovanovic was signed before the World Cup (on a free) by Benitez. Yes he went on to net the winner against Germany, but that wasn't why Liverpool signed him. And one can easily argue that he flopped because he wasn't playing for the manager who signed him, for a club where nobody spoke his language. Degen was signed from Dortmund in 2008 on another free (another low risk transfer), admittedly after Euro 2008, but after Switzerland were knocked out in the group stages and Degen didn't feature at all, so hardly off the back of his impressive performance. Similarly Borini was included in the Italian Euro 2008 squad (because of his impressive performances during the season), but didn't feature at all, and was signed by Rodgers partly because he'd shown he could cut it at a decent club (Roma), and partly because Rodgers had worked with him in the past, with decent success (6 goals in 9 games for Rodgers at Swansea). I think Origi would be a decent signing, he scored the winner against Russia, but this shouldn't be a stick to beat him with. He also started their two knockout games, and I think it's pretty justifiable a club would be looking to sign a player that his coach, who sees him day in and day out, rates him highly enough to start ahead of Lukaku on the massive stage that is World Cup knockout football. Yes Diao, Diouf and Cheyrou flopped, but that was now 12 years ago, one would hope scouting is a little better than that now.

Posted 12:44am 16th July 2014

leftcoastred says...

Diouf was signed before the '02 W.C. and the quote from Gerrard was actually about Diao if I remember correctly. Don't like to use this term but this reeks of "lazy journalism".

Posted 7:01pm 15th July 2014

shea666 (Manchester United) says...

It's not just English clubs that do this, Would anyone buy Javier Hernandez after his World Cup displays?

Posted 6:39pm 15th July 2014

sailingmagpie says...

Bobsy's clearly upset that a Southampton player has had the temerity to move to a club that isn't Liverpool.

Posted 4:13pm 15th July 2014

badwolf (Manchester United) says...

Pretty sure Denilson was signed before the World Cup too, and looked great there if all about tricks. You can't expect a player like that to carry a team though. Shame.

Posted 4:13pm 15th July 2014

exhausted (Manchester United) says...

I thought Denilson signed for Betis pre world cup 98

Posted 3:08pm 15th July 2014

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