Aaron Ramsey missed out on playing for Wales during this international break and has now not represented his country for 11 months prompting some in the Italian media to ask was he really such a bargain after all?
We all know that Aaron Ramsey, ever since he was Shawcrossed as a teen, has been prone to muscular injuries, namely his hamstrings and thighs. Sad as it was, it was no surprise that his Arsenal career petered out the way it did, sidelined with yet another blown hammy.
I still feel his loss, especially on a free transfer to Juventus in the summer, is one Arsenal didn’t have to incur, but his injuries are already causing questions to be asked in Turin.
“15 injuries in six years,” notes Calciomercato for a player who cost them €3.6m in ‘ancillary charges’ and earns €7m-a-year (approx £120kpw) can hardly be said to be “zero cost”. They also opine that the move must be judged negatively if “not gratified by the technical performance of the footballer.”
Since signing for Juventus, Ramsey has played just 198 minutes of competitive football and has not kicked a ball since 28 September when he played 65 minutes against SPAL. He has yet to play even 70 minutes in a game.
The piece then goes on to discuss what value Juventus have got from signing all these free players, wondering if they would have even joined the club had they not been given larger wages because of the low cost of signing them.
They even ask if Juventus would have bough Ramsey, Emre Can, and Adrien Rabiot if they had come with a proper fee…