- Mar 9, 2004
10 years of FIF
I'd fuck him off and start with someone new. He was done two seasons ago. Offering him an extension is a joke.
I feel like the management wants to keep as many same defenders as possible to not to change too much. So when Skriniar leaves Bastoni, De Vrij and Acerbi would stay.
Then we sign that new RCB so they want to keep the stability. Issue is of course if De Vrij won't step up anymore and this current level is where he will be from now on.
This will be definitely an issue in a case we sack Inzaghi and sign a new coach who switches to 4-man defence. This De Vrij is totally useless in 4-man defence.
Was thinking of making a post here but yeah nothing further to add.We all saw this renewal coming from a mile away and yet it's still somehow astonishing when you really think about it.
Name me a footballer in Europe who has suffered a bigger fall from grace than de Vrij recently? Two years ago he was the centrepiece to a league-winning defensive trio which would've rivalled any backline in Europe.
Since then he's become an absolutely pathetic excuse of a player whose market value has plummeted by literally 70%. In the past 24 months, he's played maybe 5 games which I'd describe as "non-catastrophic".
The remaining 95% of the time he sets foot on the pitch, he's been a disaster waiting to happen. He's slow to react and even slower physically. He's clumsy and insecure. He's frequently caught out of position while ball-watching. Worst of all, he looks utterly emasculated and devoid of confidence. He gets reliably bullied around like a small child - like a boy playing against men. He looks like a broken man. I honestly wonder if he's suffering from some severe depression IRL.
Anyway. What we have is a footballer whose footballing contributions have become a net negative - because he's actively damaging the team with his unreliability with every game he plays - and an asset whose commercial value has completely tanked to the point of worthlessness.
And yet, if we have indeed renewed him for two years at €4m net, that's a total of about €15m we've allocated to this black hole which is giving us zero returns either on the pitch or financially.
I might add that while this hilarious decision is taking place, in the background, we're simultaneously losing the most valuable defender in the league for free.
Renew the most valuable defensive asset in the league? X
Renew the most depreciated, underperforming defensive asset in the league? ✔
I'll finish by answering my own question which I asked above, "Name me a footballer in Europe who has suffered a bigger fall from grace than de Vrij recently?"
The answer is Romelu Lukaku of course. Similarly to de Vrij, his ability on the pitch has seen a shocking decline while his market value has also crashed like a cheap cryptocurrency. Coincidentally, another Inter player It perfectly encapsulates the state of the club, and most of all, the shocking decision-making and misuse of resources by our management.
The logic to extend de Vrij simply boggles the mind. At this point, I'm significantly more concerned and disillusioned with Marotta than I am Suning, de Vrij, Limone, or any other aspect of this club. The guy is making the worst possible decisions, making the worst possible choices at every possible step. He needs to go. It's ruinous mismanagement. Absolutely seppuku stuff.