Who The Hell Is Etienne Capoue?By: Robert Reed | August 7th, 2013
This is a genuine question, not a sarcastic snipe. I’ve never heard of him.
You can call me ignorant if you like, and you’d have a point on this occasion because I genuinely don’t have a clue who this guy is who we have supposedly paid £8m for.
I hope he is good, obviously, but I am a little dismayed to read that he is a ‘tough tackling midfielder’. Don’t we have three of those already in Sandro, Paulinho and Dembele? OK maybe not, they each have different qualities of their own but they can all put it about a bit and I could see any of those three playing a holding role in the team. Is this Capoue guy really what we need? I had the impression that we were crying out for a creative force in midfield who was going to supply the telling, early through balls that Soldado thrives on.
I read that he can also play as a defender, will he double as cover for centre back?
I don’t claim to have an encyclopedic knowledge of foreign players and I could well be showing myself up here but, as anyone who has read one of my articles before will tell you, I do not much worry about embarrassing myself.
If anyone would care to enlighten me and tell me why it was worth (if it is true of course) spending £8m for another tackling midfielder I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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