Focus on England

Friends reunited lacking the X-factor

February 21, 2013
By Richard Jolly
The appeal of the known quantity is obvious. At the highest level, every deal is a multi-million pound gamble, an investment in wages and transfer fee when there are so many questions, of character and compatibility, of attitude and adaptability, which can only be answered once the move is complete. It makes sense to take some of the variables out of the equation by turning to familiar faces. Or that is a logical assumption, anyway.

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