Malcolm’s transition to our league, whatever anyone says, is significant. Of course, you can joke that the transfer has become the most expensive sale of a Russian footballer, and in light of his departure, the story of getting a passport looks absurd. But the main thing here is rather that even in the isolated conditions of the RPL of European and world football, Zenit managed to get record money for the Russian club – 60 million euros.
For a second, Chelsea paid the same amount for the incredibly talented Christopher Nkunka and slightly less than Newcastle and Manchester United paid for Sandro Tonali and Mason Mount. Despite the fact that Saudi Arabian clubs sometimes offer players simply unimaginable salaries, for them, in terms of the transfer fee, this transfer is also the most expensive: Ruben Neves, acquired from Wolves, cost five million less. For the RPL, the transfer also became a record, since the Hulk left the same Zenith for China for four million cheaper.
It may seem that everything is in the red after such a deal: the Saudis get another great footballer, the Brazilian got a bigger contract than in the Neva city, and even other RPL clubs may think that St.
It is worth considering that our league is losing a truly special player, who at one time was considered the Hulk himself. In the first two seasons at Zenit, Malcolm, frankly, did not shine: a total of 15 goals in the championship and the absence of a serious impact on the game in European competitions, when the club was still participating in them, is not something for which they paid a lot of money for the Brazilian by the standards of Russian football. But in the previous draw, the player flourished: 23 goals and seven more assists. Fantastic numbers for the Premier League.
However, for European football, this transition is nothing more than the current that flows towards the Saudi desert. Malcolm had his only strong season in Bordeaux, after which he made an unsuccessful trip to Barcelona, literally abandoning Rome along the way. By European football standards, this is nothing more than a good player. These are the people who are going to the Middle East now: star veterans who have passed the peak of their careers, as well as very good soccer players in their prime, but not with superstar status. To some extent, Karim Benzema, who is the current owner of the Ballon d’Or, can be called an exception, but he is already 35 years old, so the Frenchman can safely be added to the first category of players seduced by an oasis of Arab “greens” after the desert.
It turns out that our championship has lost a great player, perhaps the strongest. On the other hand, what is the use of Zenit spending so much money on a football player’s salary, if even without it it should calmly win in the RPL, but there is no need to think about European competitions yet. Overall, there are pros and cons to Malcolm’s game. The question is only in his point of view.