He was an above average 17 year old winger but he’s a bang average 23 year old whatever he is. I think many of us still have the subconscious “well if Wenger thinks he has something then he probably does” but he’s proven himself wrong in that regard in recent years so we need to stop that.
He’s just not good. His ceiling is getting some consistency and not being shit, which means he can play for Palace or West Ham. Even if someone gets the best out of him, that player won’t be a top 4 quality player.
We paid £15m for him (+addons??) when we were skint. I think that was the summer that Mata was available for £20-22m and willing to come but really if you were paying £25m back then you’d have been able to get a good player. We’ve wasted 6 years developing him for absolutely nothing (other than a reasonable profit).
There was a time I was convinced he’d put it all together and use his physical ability to be a poor mans Bale but I’m now so chuffed he’s no longer our problem.