Thursday, January 21, 2010

Jo joins Galatasary

Jô has joined Galatasary on loan until the end of this season from Manchester City.

The Brazilian forward had been on a season's loan at Everton but David Moyes agreed to release him after being disappointed by both his form and his discipline. Jô was recently suspended after making an unauthorised trip to Brazil.

The Turkish club's sporting director, Haldun Ustunel, came to England to conclude a deal for a player who has failed to make a consistent impact since join City from CSKA Moscow for £19m in 2008.


And with that surely goes any hope Jo may have had of a career in the Premier League.

Farmed out on loan to Everton by Mark Hughes last year - either banished out of sight or to help him try and adapt the rigours of the Premier League by getting regularly depending on your perspective - he performed adequately over the second half of last season, but hasn't been able to match that form during 2009/10.

Add to that his recent indiscretion when he went AWOL over the Christmas period, and David Moyes (perhaps like Mark Hughes before him) got rid at the first opportunity.

I don't see a way back for him with us, and I'd imagine potential Premier League suitors will hardly be enamoured with him now either (particularly given his wage levels) so the hope is that a European side like Galatasary - who have the capacity to offer a big wage deal - will take him off our hands this summer.

It will likely take writing off virtually the whole of the £19 million fee though, and surely making him the biggest transfer mistake we have ever made.

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