Picking Through the Trash
AS Monaco have signed Xabi Alonso and Siem de Jong, formerly of Real Madrid and Ajax, respectively, in an effort to field greater depth for an increased amount of fixtures. Alonso is 34 and only signed to a 1 year contract, while Siem de Jong is only 27 and signed to a 3 year contract. Nathan Limior had this to say "Obviously Xabi Alonso is past his peak as a footballer, but when you were amazing as a footballer in your prime, past your peak is still very good. I'm not sure why Ajax let Siem go, however. He's still 27, he looked great to us. I think he'll be a steal."