I am seeing a huge debate among Sevillistas in Eldesmarque and OrgulloDeNervion portal comments about the N’Zonzi topic.
Now it seems that the issue is divided in two perspectives:
Keep Berizzo and sell N’Zonzi in the January window
Keep N’Zonzi and sack Berizzo in January
In both cases, there have to be replacements.
I think at this point, it would be a bit dangerous and very unpredictable if the manager and the system/philosophy changes at the end of the first part of the season.
However, the same can be said with N’Zonzi’s departure. Is there really enough affordable quality on the market for a decent replacement?
I see us being linked with the likes of: Baselli, Barella (Serie A), Berge (Jupiler Belgium) and a couple of other players, but to be honest, none of them would be able to replace N’Zonzi, at least not decently, for the second part of the season.
The same issue would arise with a possible departure of Berizzo. What coaches are there on the market, that would have the current players adapt quickly? Also, it would mean a whole different philosophy and another scouting project for January movements. But then, we would potentially keep N’Zonzi, at least until June 2018?
I’d favor the first option more, keeping Berizzo and selling N’Zonzi, not to protect Berizzo, as he has been very poor in overall in this first half of the season, but N’Zonzi’s attitude has shown that he does not respect the club. Also, if we keep N’Zonzi and sack Berizzo, it would automatically mean that we are honoring such disrespect from a player, and that would give N’Zonzi even more power in the locker room, and he could literally kill off the atmosphere whenever he wanted. So that would practically mean the club surrendering to a player, which should never happen.
Unfortunately, we don’t have the resources to do so, but the greatest thing would be to keep both Berizzo and N’Zonzi, and have him miss the World Cup as a punishment, unless he corrects the behavior and starts to play seriously and keep his mouth shut. However, we need to make good use of the cash that we would get of his potential sale in January.
We cannot allow ourselves to have a Neymar in our locker rooms. This is Sevilla and it should act as a serious club, with a lot of honor and pride in itself.
Players and managers come and go, but the club and its philosophy remains forever.