People seem to have very selective memories when it comes to assessing a player’s footballing ability.
Correct me if I’m misguided here, but didn’t Julio Cesar play 24 games for the club that finished rock bottom of the Premier League last season?
Arsenal are reportedly stepping up their interest to bring in Cesar, who is surplus to requirements at recently relegated QPR.
However, Arsene Wenger should stick with what he’s got instead of throwing silly wages at the Brazilian custodian.
Solely blaming Cesar for QPR’s failings last season would be wrong but to automatically concur that the Brazilian number one had nothing to do with their downfall would be equally incorrect.
On personal form alone there is no way he should merit a move to a team who have ambitions to challenge for the Premier League (16/1) and Champions League (25/1).
There was a spell of brilliance during January, where his supreme shot stopping ability were the catalyst for Rangers securing impressive draws against Tottenham and Manchester City at Loftus Road.
One save that stood out was a fantastic double stop to deny Jermain Defoe, whose shot was finger tipped onto the post before Emmanuel Adebayor was denied a certain goal by an incredible reaction save from three yards out.
However, clear moments of sloppiness plagued Cesar woeful spell at QPR. His poor decision making cost his side three goals away at Swansea in a 4-1 defeat in February while he was thankful that goals from Loic Remy and Jay Bothroyd saved him from being the fall guy after a disastrous spill presented Jay Rodriguez with a tap in at Southampton.
But the moment R’s fans will remember Cesar by was his performance in a key clash at relegation rivals Aston Villa.
After dominating the first half and taking the lead through Jermaine Jenas, Rangers conceded just before half-time and it was all Cesar’s fault.
He should have come and collected a very routine cross from Matthew Lowton in his six yard box but only watched as Gabriel Agbonlahor showed the required bravery to beat Cesar to the ball and score.
It was a season ending goal.
A revitalised Villa battered QPR in the second half and won 3-2. Rangers subsequently went down with a whimper.
Don’t believe the hype Arsene, Cesar is way past his best.