5 reasons why Yannick Carrasco's China move is a big mistake
In a strange turn of events, Nicolas Gaitan and Yannick Carrasco left Atletico Madrid for Chinese side Dalian Yifang earlier this week in an unforeseen transfer, collectively amounting to €48 million.
As shocking as it is, Carrasco's decision to move has raised a lot of eyebrows and left the fans and critics alike in a quandary. Why would he move to a Chinese side at this stage in his career? Why would he ditch a European powerhouse for the unassuming surroundings of China? Why did Atletico Madrid let this move materialize?
These and many more questions continue to do the rounds as the speculations are rife ever since the news broke out. But regardless of the existence of a plausible answer to these questions, this move certainly doesn't spell good for the Belgian. Here are the top five reasons why.
#1 His World Cup chances are severely hampered
Let's cut to the chase and address the immediate ramification of this transfer - Yannick Carrasco has put his own World Cup hopes in hot water with his decision to move to China.
Belgium is a team packed to the rafters in all departments, and the last thing to do in such a case is vanishing from the scene rather than making a case for yourself, which Carrasco just unbelievably abstained from, thereby hampering his chances of making it to Roberto Martinez's squad.
His prospects anyway looked quite bleak given the fact that he made only 17 appearances in the league and scored just thrice, an indication of his poor run of form this term.
But instead of fighting it off to resurrect his spell in front of goal, Carrasco chose to leave all the mess behind uncleared; moreover to a place which neither boasts A-grade football nor garners much attention beyond its borders.
So, the last remnant of the dynamic midfielder in Europe is a poor shadow of his rip-roaring self, which might just entice his Belgium coach into considering other options.