Medina isn't the most expensive player, but for his salary there could be much more effective players available in the European leagues outside the Top4. Not all can be winners, and for every Ring, Callens and Tinnerholm there will be a Berget, Hountondji and Amagat, but somehow young South American prospects feel even more like a lottery.Hold up, are you saying we should keep Medina in 2021?
But in all honestly, the opportunity cost of his salary is interesting.
- What other player could we have at his salary?
- What is the potential gain we can get from him from a sale?
The strange thing is that very few signings have turned out to really strengthen the team during the last two or three years. Maxi (for a not an overly high salary for a DP), Callens, Johnson and Ring were signed already four years ago, and even Tinnerholm is already on his third year. Herrera came and went, but he was a loanee.
Since then only few players have had a real and/or lasting impact. Mitrita didn't turn out like expected for a DP, Heber has so far been a one-season-wonder, jury is still out on Castellanos, ITS has been in and out with injuries. Medina took a DP spot without at any point giving enough back. It has taken GMS more than a year to start showing some signs of a useful player, and he's still nothing special, to be honest.
What I find baffling is that every year there seems to come new players that have little else to offer than to make up the numbers. It's as if the club's scouting just isn't good enough.