I would hardly say Pique failed. As a young player Pique was vying for a place in Man United's first team with Jonny Evans. Ferguson decided he could let one go and chose to keep Evans, a decision he later admitted he felt was a mistake. But of course hindsight is a wonderful decision making tool.h69 wrote:Looks like may spend 40M on Anderson but no one ever knows if a foreign player is going to cut it in the English Premier League.....many big names have failed, Falcao, Veron, Pique etc etc its a gamble of course.coburn wrote:
I would be very surprised, if he isn´t.
I think it's too much of a generalisation to say no one knows if a foreign player will succeed in the PL. Kevin de Bruyne and Mo Salah both "failed" at Chelsea yet succeeded with other clubs here. Had they ended up in Madrid, Barcelona or Turin instead of returning to English clubs would they be written off as failures ? Any big transfer is a risk as no one knows how a new arrival will fir into a particular style of play.
Many home grown players have failed when moving clubs. I personally think it's often a case of round pegs and square holes rather than any cultural differences. Francis Jeffers, Jack Rodwell, David Bentley, Michael Owen (to Newcastle) are four high profile movers in their time who come readily to mind.
Although Chelsea, with a list that includes Andriy Shevchenko, Mateja Kezman. Juan Cuadrado and Winston Bogarde, as well as those two I've already mentioned, do have a particularly bad record with high profile foreign acquisitions. But to balance them I expect Messrs Drinkwater and Barkley to disappear down the plughole sooner rather than later as well.