You in control either way…but are you right either way? Let’s explore this a little further.
Just over 6 months ago, Steven Pienaar must have been contemplating this exact thing. He was on the verge of signing for one of the greatest English clubs but he would be leaving a club where he rose to prominence and made a name for himself. Every season, many professionals find themselves in this catch 22 situation. Another example is Neymar – will he go, will he stay? Though in his case, I am sure it is only a matter of time before the giants come flashing their bulging cheque books.
In retrospect, many would feel it was a bad decision for Pienaar to leave the toffees, as he has struggled to command a regular first team place and has now moved back to his previous club on loan until the end of the current season.
However, if he stayed what else would he possibly have achieved besides some additional playing time? At least he has had a taste of what it’s like to play for a “bigger” team, got to taste some Champions League action again, put in some decent performances when he did feature and he now knows what he needs to do or where he needs to improve to stake a stronger claim for a starting place next time round.
As a South African and fan of Schilo – I wish him well and everything of the best, keep the flag flying high. As Mark Twain said, “20 years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”