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Sometimes some players are labeled as “lemons” when they do not perform as expected. Sometimes they cannot express their talent due to various reasons such as settling badly in a new city, a precarious family situation, and not being able to communicate or learn a new language. However, in soccer, the people are fierce and ruthless and sometimes the journalists even more so.
Undoubtedly, Gervinho‘s impact with the Premier League was not something to show to kids in football school. In fact with Arsenal he played 63 matches but scored only 11 goals and 12 assists. Certainly that was not a great performance if we think that he plays as offensive winger. Arsenal‘s fans’ disappointment constantly increased and when Arsenal’s management decided to sell him to Roma Arsenal’s supporters and media lived that moment as a liberation.
However, in Italy there is a great connoisseur of players…especially of those that he trained until a few years ago. Rudi Garcia practically obliged Sabatini to close Gervinho’s deal…and he was right. Thanks to the confidence of his coach the player from the Ivory Coast can smile again, and most importantly he let Roma‘s fans smile too.
A few months ago Rudi Garcia said: “Gervinho is irreplicable,” and now the entire world is finally understanding the real meaning of those words.
Gervinho is simply an incredible athlete, a super fast player who dribbles and serves great chocolates to his teammates. Assists, goals and joy to play…these are indubitable Gervinho’s skills. Also in this World Cup he is amazing the crowds. Yesterday’s goal against Colombia is a precious pearl to admire.
In light of his recent performances I reckon that Gervinho is the most undervalued player in the world.