Nico & the Family Stone

We've been missing Burdisso ever since the final whistle of last season, and many have longed for his return ever since. When Burdisso finally comes, we're still sitting around waiting for Burdisso. A long hot summer just became even longer.

Having seen roughly zero games--I haven't been counting, but feel reasonably assured of the accuracy of that number--of Rosario Central in the past two three years lifetime, I am not a very authoritative figure when it comes to Burdisso Jr. (However, I am just that as regards Nicolás; he's football's perfect rogue bandit, and he should be adored for it.) I suppose many a mind has wandered to Milan's employment of one Digão Leite, little brother of Kaká. Digão was, and I assume he still very much is, a profoundly mediocre defender whose sole raison d'être in the footballing world was to sweeten the deal for Kaká and make him more inclined to look favorably on his stay at Milan. The little brother cost Milan €1.430.000 per year, and gave nothing back to the club; his debut for the club in Coppa Italia ended in a loss after he himself had given away two silly goals. Few performances in sports have, to the best of my knowledge, been more symbolic.

So, is Guillermo another Digão? He could be, but it's unlikely. I'm not going to vouch even a little bit for Burdisso Jr.'s abilities as a footballer, but simple logic (in a post about Milan's and Roma's market woes--it's a deus ex machina, I know) is enough. Burdisso Jr. is still young, and not having moved sooner to Europe says nothing at all to me. Roma being the first real break therefore doesn't mean anything necessarily, as his relatively young age explains that well enough. He's played for Argentina's national team, and scored in the same game. If you twisted my arm you could probably get me to agree that having been one of the four thousand players tested in the qualifiers running up to 2010 may have caused a slight inflation in the value of pulling on the albiceleste shirt. Still, Digão even if he were eligible wouldn't have gotten that same call should the entire Primera División be out with the flu, and the second division were out on strike. Digão would still be nowhere near that accomplishment. Digão is the guy they'd call after the concierge at their hotel pulled out with a hamstring injury, and never sooner.

I also think it's silly to think Roma needed Burdisso Jr. to lure Nicolás back in--the latter has made his feelings on the issue of where he'll play next year crystal clear. He wants Roma, Roma wants him. Guillermo isn't a part of this, as I see it. More likely is that he replaces Loria as fourth choice (with Andreolli moved out, either temporary or permanent. Or, should Nicolás remain a POW at Inter, he and Andreolli fighting it out to be first back up to Juan and Mexès. How good any of this is for Roma, I'm not sure. But I feel comfortable that he's brought in to be an actual  part of the squad, and not as bait for getting a player who's overwhelming desire to play for Roma is already well known and recorded.