Did Arsenal overpay for £70m man Nicolas Pepe?
We’re only four games into the season but in the 243 Premier League minutes, we’ve seen the 24-year-old play it’s fair to say he’s got some ability. The way he effortlessly courses around the pitch with the ball stuck to his feet is admirable, and the speed in which he does it is impressive. Lest we forget, Pepe became the first player to successfully dribble past Virgil van Dijk in 50 Premier League games.
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But then there are a number of players who can run around quickly in the Premier League. Just look at the state of Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Adama Traore. That man-cheetah-thing is about as quick as they come – is he suddenly going to fetch millions in the market? Probably not.
What are we meant to expect from our star signings in the modern game, taking inflation into account? Do we demand an immediate impact, or should patiently wait for them to (possibly) become one of the best talents in the world? Is creeping progression really worth the wait? Should we measure their success by the immediacy of their impact? After all, if a club pays big money, they have every right to expect serious output, and Pepe hasn’t necessarily given that.
Darren Gough and talkSPORT Drive have weighed in on the subject with their own analysis…
"#AFC have probably paid over the odds for a youngster who's got potential to turn into a £70m player."
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— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) September 2, 2019