It perfectly profiles this board - all of it. The author even got all of the cliches and arguments that have been said on this board repeatedly. You and Badol hit the 3 big ones, but how many times do these ones creep on this board?
Stage 13: You grudgingly decide to give the new guy a chance
Fast forward ahead a few weeks. The rush of early July is long past, the dog days of summer have slowly dragged by, and training camp has arrived. He didn’t force anyone to sign it. He just negotiated for the most money he could, same as you or anyone else would want to do. And he’s saying all the right things. He seems genuinely happy to be here. You even heard something about him being in the very best shape of his life, and nobody would say that if it wasn’t true.
Stage 14: The first few shifts of the exhibition schedule
Nope, he’s awful. You were right all along. This contract is a disaster.
Stage 16: The years go by
At some point, those defenders from Stage 11 might emerge to take a victory lap, as if we don’t remember that they all jumped ship in the years in between.
Stage 17: The inevitable buyout
By the way, it should go without saying that if and when the player returns for his first game back with his new team, he will look amazing and score the game-winning goal. Just accept it now.