The pod rings in the new lunar year with a return to matters club football. We double down on the big news stories which have been developing during our recent focus on the Asian Cup – the first wave of naturalized players coming to the CSL, and the headline transfers of recent weeks.
We start with a quick summary of the overseas players being naturalized and joining Beijing Guoan and Guangzhou Evergrande – how high are expectations for these players, do we see this as a club or country initiative, and what pitfalls might they face – is it a brave choice or a risky move, and does this mean the U23 rule has failed?
We then change tack to look at the headline transfer moves – after celebrating Guangzhou R&F fixing their leaky defence by signing Moussa Dembele, the pundits talk up the fortunes of a couple of strapping big lads joining the league in Marouane Fellaini and Kim Min-Jae. Will they live up to lofty expectations, and why are clubs going cold on signing big-name strikers this year? There’s also time to discuss Evergrande’s domestic transfers – smart football business, shady conspiracy theory, or a bit of both? As ever, we’re here to shine a light on the murky world of Chinese football rumours.
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