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Traore vs Stancu, a few reasons for (not) splashing out a few millions…


CFR’s Lacina Traore has already been linked with more teams than the number of goals he’ll manage to score before he leaves the club that bought him for 40.000 Euros and won’t even discuss a deal if the negotiations start at 4 million Euros. Steaua’s Bogdan Stancu was a more expensive buy back in 2008, but somehow dribbled his way through Becali’s habit of announcing transfer fees that would make the masses marvel and the potential buyers laugh in disbelief. He’s now cheaper than Traore, less demanded than the Ivorian, but definitely the other option, if you’re looking for a striker with potential and insisting to buy from a strange market, like Romania’s. Or should this be quite the other way around?

Lacina Traore, desperately looking for a way out

Current form: Facing similar competition for a starting place in their teams, Stancu and Traore have started the season with different objectives. If the Ivorian had decided since the second half of last season that he needs to move away from Cluj as soon as possible, Stancu didn’t look further than Steaua, even though the most renown Romanian club had been underachievinng for years. This obviously showed in their individual performances: Traore showed glimpses of his immense potential in selfish displays that rarely helped CFR, while Stancu simply proved the best and most consistent player in a team that boasts a lot of quality players, but currently lacks cohesion. No wonder the Romanian has 10 goals in Liga I (almost double the amount scored last season!) in 13 rounds, while the Ivorian netted 4 goals and also bagged two red cards, which perfectly illustrates the youngster’s current state of mind.

Bogdan Stancu, Steaua's decisive player this season

Potential: Difficult to predict and compare, of course, as they’re very different in terms of style, physique and character. And because, here comes the cliche!, football isn’t an exact science. The Ivorian has the age advantage – it’s fair to say that he could have been delivering just as well as Stancu does this season, if he was 23, not 20. But, with the current mentality and lacking proper guidance, he keeps same chances to make it or blow it! Nature has been generous with him, though, and there’s a natural talent hidden in the 2,03 centre forward, something we can see in Stancu, as well, but who has the disatvantage to look quite ordinary. Looking at the two players, you can’t help to think that you could build a team around Traore (speaking of the finished article, obviously), while Stancu is the type of player that could win matches for the right team.

The 4 or 5 million Euros question is: go for an explosive 20 years old, who can either turn into something spectacular or blow himself to pieces, or aim lower and buy a more quiet and already established 23 years old? The answer will follow shortly, probably in December…

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  1. November 5, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Salut, sper sa nu te deranjeze ca prefer romana pentru a comenta, dar nu stapanesc limba engleza suficient de bine pentru a scrie un comentariu decent :)

    Asa cum ai spus si tu, e greu sa faci o comparatie intre cei doi, din motivele pe care le-ai enumerat, dar cred ca Traore are ceva din stilul unui Balotelli, de exemplu, care intra mereu in belele, in loc sa-si dezvolte calitatile.

    Pe de alta parte, Stancu este tipul fotbalistului talentat, cuminte si caruia ii lipseste ceva mai mult tupeu, la modul pozitiv.

    Cred ca Traore va pleca pe bani mai multi, in special datorita calitatilor superioare, din punctul meu de vedere, dar consider ca Stancu se va dovedi afacerea mai buna pentru cine il va cumpara. Cu toate ca eu sper sa ramana la Steaua :)

    • November 6, 2010 at 7:24 am

      My thoughts exactly, Ionut, but in Romanian :-)

  2. Filip
    November 12, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Very good article.

    Traore, like you said, could turn into something special but also screw everything up. Stancu has impressed this season and a player I would probably get if I already had a structured team and a couple of good strikers. He’s also cheaper.

  3. February 27, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Both sold for more than 4 mil, each!

    Good job!

  1. January 20, 2011 at 1:26 pm
  2. December 31, 2011 at 11:20 am

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