there is a Petrachi quote from his Torino days that actually fits the situation perfectly:
Originally Posted by Gianluca Petrachi
Itís difficult to explain a project to fans, because they think from the gut. they want to go to the stadium every Sunday to celebrate. They donít see the long term picture. I remember once I got into it with some fans who wanted us to extend a playerís contract because he was their idol. But, for me and for the coach [Gianpiero Ventura] that player had finished his story with Toro.
I was telling them: ĎThis player isnít part of our plans because heís stretching the team by 40 metres [on the pitch].í All this to say itís up to us not to reason like fans, but be assertive and detached.
Ponce was a journey kid and he didn't show anything until he landed in Greece, his stats there are impressive but when you consider the league and watch the actual goals he was scoring, you wouldn't want him to be our sub striker let alone lead our attack. I have no idea why some people are upset about letting him go. not every youth academy product has to automatically be a success and a first team member.
fans want Luca Pellegrini to stay and become a world beater at Roma because he's a youth product and Romano, you have to root for that and if it comes with loyalty to the club, then those are the treasures that makes not winning any silverware easier. we have him, he is class and regardless of your money and accolades you can't have him. however we don't have the time or the finances to wait for him to become that player, we need a capable player now and Spinazzola is that player. lighting fast, good offensively and defensively and still relatively young, on the other hand the only negative is that he's had the same ACL injury Luca had it limited his play style a bit. also, we have a great LB prospect coming from youth ranks in Semeraro.
personally I would've sold Zaniolo for 60m if possible before the deadline to cover the deficit and finance some acquisitions and kept the core intact, while using fringe and unwanted players to generate extra revenue or as part of deals to acquire targets we're interested in.
fans need to understand that regardless of who the DS is we're gonna need to sell players every year to satisfy FFP until we secure more or better revenue streams.