Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Et tu, Mutu?

There have been a few tormented transfer deals this summer. Ronaldo to Real, Lampard to Inter and now, it would appear, Adrian Mutu to Roma. Will he stay or will he go?

I can understand a move to Roma to some extent. Probably more money, definitely more chance of the Scudetto and automatic group stages in the Champions League. Who wouldn't?

But, then again, the Viola are a team on the rise with the Romanian at their heart. They have built him up when nobody much cared for him. I know loyalty doesn't exist any more but just the same.

The bottom line, for me anyway, is that greater players than him have left Florence and the club has moved on. Baggio, Batigol and Toni all headed on to pastures new. In the end, you support the team, not one player.

Nonetheless, he was at the very epicentre of the Viola revolution. Without him, the attack is a bit of an unknown quantity. Pazzini and Gilardino might be a perfect double act but, then again, maybe not.

Once a player gets unsettled, though, is there really much point in keeping them? Certainly not if their own fans turn against them. I suspect Mutu is simply looking to get the best deal he can - be it in Florence or Rome. You can't blame him, a footballer's career is short, etc. But that won't stop me cursing him if he does go...

4 comments:

Aussie Romanista said...

I wouldn't complain if hecame to Roma. But at the end of the day he's just another mercenary.

ginkers said...

He would be a good add to Roma especially with Mancini leaving and Totti getting more injury prone...

TrentToffee said...

Mutu is decent player, but not too much of a loss. Gilardino is a useful replacement. The heat is off so he ought to regain some form.

Spangly Princess said...

I would be happy to see him come, but I would kind of like to see him stay just in that he owes his own recovery to Fiorentina and I have an old-fashioned love of loyalty.

I think the vast sum of money he now owes to Chelsea is a bit of a problem, though.