I remember when Andriy Shevchenko made his much-heralded move to the Premier League. That’s not particularly impressive; it wasn’t very long ago. But I also distinctly remember not having great hopes for him. Part of this was wishful thinking, as Chelsea isn’t a team I support, but my powers of analysis are mildly greater than that.
One has only to look at that great European Cup final (AC Milan vs Liverpool, you know the one) to see that Mr. Shevchenko was probably not going to be a howling success in England. He was utterly bamboozled. The Liverpool defense will probably never play a better second half than that, or even as good, it’s true. But Mr. Shevchenko was utterly out of his depth.
And the (once-record) transfer hasn’t worked out, unfortunately. Few footballers live up to transfer expectations–it would be difficult. He is among those who fail to do so rather spectacularly, especially considering his outstanding success with AC Milan and his heroic leadership with Ukraine.
I wish footballers wouldn’t squander promising–or even already delivering–careers. It’s of course impossible to predict such things, and, like Alexander, I’m sure footballers are always looking for new worlds to conquer, but there are so many cautionary tales out there one would think circumspection would be the watchword. Watching players fail isn’t enjoyable (in most cases), even if they play for Chelsea. I sort of feel like Mr. Shevchenko’s been making that same “I can’t believe we just lost to Liverpool” face for the past four years.
Well, his English is probably improved, and he’s still cute, so I guess it’s not a total loss?