AA is an enigma, that's for sure. No explanation could fully account for what happened, but the general consensus is of a talent and promise unfulfilled.|
"Bullet dodged on our part."
I wouldn't say he was a complete disaster on our (AFC) part but, with hindsight, you'd struggle to argue that we overpaid for him. We had an excellent year out of him (2nd half of one season and 1st half of the next), followed by another 6 months of average-when-fit appearances. After that it was flashes of brilliance amidst halfhearted performances. He remained an okay super sub for a while (I'll never forget his winner against Barca in 2011), but fell into the football abyss.
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