What is the essence of football: Money or Honors?

March 01, 2018

A delicious scoop over the top from Gabi sends Juanfran through, and he picks out an equally sumptuous first-time cross for Carrasco. The Belgian gets in front of Lucas and slots it home from in close! We're back on level  terms in Milan as extra time beckons at the San Siro."

This was 28th May, 2016 when Carrasco scored the equaliser against Real Madrid in the UCL final. Although Atletico went on to lose the match via penalties, Carrasco's devastating contributions in the match were recognised.

Earlier this week, news broke out that Carrasco and Gaitan were moving to Dalian Yifang for undisclosed fees in a permanent deal. The news was greeted with mixed reactions. There was a general consensus that Gaitan was probably getting old but Carrasco may inhibit his development with this move.

Personally, I've not gotten over this shock. I'm a huge fan of this player and I can't see how moving to China is developmental for him. It is noteworthy that there was no dearth of offers for him. The likes of Arsenal and Juventus were among the front runners to secure his services but he snubbed their offers. He maintains that he is convinced with the Wanda Group's project although it is largely rumoured that his move was motivated financially.

It is hardly imaginable that a 24-year old player with the potential to become world class will sanction a move to China!

Carrasco's abilities cannot be doubted. His strengths include pace, great dribbling skills and efficient scoring abilities. His current form has been below par and that is unarguable but he could easily slot right into Wenger or Allegri's formation. His ability to play either wing is advantageous. With Mhkitaryan on the right, Ozil in the middle and the left flank void yet to be filled since the departure of Sanchez, the position could have been his to fill. Although a fairly selfish player, Wenger could have brought out the best in him.

With the 2018 World Cup beckoning, it is going to be a herculean task to break into a star-studded Belgian team. Whatever happens after, I hope Carrasco proves everyone wrong!

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