Writer: Mikey Delap
Date:Thursday September 22 2011
When signing a new player from overseas a very popular phrase upon the arrival is for the new manager to announce that the new kid will take 'time to adapt' to his new surroundings.
The Premier League is the toughest league in the world and it is no surprise that the rough and tumble that you don't get in some of the other league's in this world (Italy for example) for example combined with the faster pace of play (Italy again sadly) meaning a period of adjustment is only normal.
The 'time to adapt' phrase was popular with Mark Hughes, it certainly was with Sam Allardyce and the same motto seems to be a staple of the Steve Kean new arrival policy.
The only worry for yours truly is that we seem to have a heck of a lot of these types of player currently inhabiting the first team.
Mauro Formica, Ruben Rochina, Rad Petrovic and Simon Vukcevic are all players who Steve Kean has used the time to adapt slogan with and all of those are in the first team squad.
Potentially that's four players in the first team on match days who are 'taking time to adapt' - that's a lot of weight to carry if players are not up to speed.
For a manager who has a lot of pressure on him that is quite a gamble, regardless of the talent of the players involved - and all of the players mentioned above do have an obvious talent that is up to the standard required to play in the league for the long term.
And with future results having a large bearing over the potential sacking of Kean is it wise to use some of these players when the more proven likes of Olsson and the more seasoned David Goodwillie warm the bench.
We don't have the money to buy proven players but the influx of overseas talent does carry a certain risk - one that Steve Kean will have been aware of when buying them.
So is it really a feasible line to be using? And if the manager is using these same players can he really cart the 'time to adapt' phrase as a half hearted excuse?
Fans want results quicker than ever nowadays regardless of the players involved, if they've been bought for millions of pounds and on the pitch we have to assume they are ready.
Date:Thursday September 22 2011
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