Now, let’s think about this for a minute: Alves was injured and we’re now apparently talking about buying Gregory van der Wiel from Ajax. Besides being several months late (at the very least it’s two days late since Alves is already injured). The expected time out for Little Dani is 3 weeks–I’m assuming that’s human weeks and not Dani Alves weeks since we all know that the closer you get to the speed of light the slower time moves, so 3 Dani Weeks would be like 8 months and that’s obviously not acceptable–so we kind of need that backup now, not in January, right?
But what’s more interesting than van der Wiel, a 21-year old Dutch international with 5 caps under his belt and 52 appearances for Ajax since 2006, is who van der Wiel plays with. There’s this other guy on Ajax named Luis Suarez who we’re also considering purchasing.
Remember that we have a penchant for buying two players from one club at a time, for whatever reason. Maxwell and Ibra, Hleb and Henry, Thuram and Zambrotta. Obviously we also buy players one at a time (Ronaldinho, Deco), but if we buy van der Wiel it seems that we’ll probably have the inside track on getting Suarez as well, though the Robinho rumors will not go away. It’s hard for me to say whether or not van der Wiel is good enough to make it in our squad because I have never seen him play (I need to catch more Ajax matches, obviously), but if he’s good enough and can be purchased for under €10million, then I think it’s probably worth it. Any more than that and we’re just buying another Caceres, who won’t get any time on the field but who will come with an ego that matches his price tag.
What are your thoughts on van der Wiel? Is he good enough to make it at Barça?