- Sep 25, 2012
Using Hudson-Odoi as an example but yeah. It's not just about quality it's about us playing in a very specific way. Firmino does a very specific job in the middle of our front 3, it's not just about scoring goals. It's why Mane is next choice in that position over Origi, Sturridge and even Salah. Because Mane does the closest "Firmino impression"! Likewise Firmino, as good as he is, is awful at trying to replicate the relentless speed and constant danger cutting in from wide areas that we need from Salah and Mane. Our whole starting 11 performs certain ways that mesh and fit in together. You change the roles of the front 3 and it changes what the rest of the players roles are too. They don't play in isolation.Better at what? At keeping play similar? We are comparing someone who has been among the top few elite strikers in Europe for a season and a half, with someone who has impressed in a handful of games versus cherry-picked weaker competition.
Not that Hudson-Odoi isn't going to become a great player in the future but Chelsea is going to prefer to sell abroad and he still has lots to learn about playing against better competition. For example, as the only top team he has played against, we were able to nullify his game simply by giving him less space.
Frankly, if either or both were available then we should do all we can do to get them. But I think Jovic will be off to Real Madrid / Barcelona while Hudson-Odoi will be sold outside England.