I know our team motto is "Non Mollare Mai/Never Give Up", but I'm afraid the time has come to give up on this guy.
I've always been a sucker for Chino. He's one of those players you can't help but love. You curse him when you see him doing stupid things on the pitch, losing possession cheaply, not working to the best of his abilities and so on. But then, after a while, you always think at good old Chino Recoba and a glimmer of hope comes along, and you think "Yeah, his time will come, it must be destiny, he's still here, how can that NOT happen??"
We could sit here and argue for AGES about coaches, bad choices, lack of trust, not being able to play consistently and so on.
Sadly, it's time to face the facts. Even considering all of the above, Alvaro Recoba will be remembered as one of the biggest underachievers in modern football. Injuries absolutely plagued his career and stopped him from ever having a real chance of success.
The last two season are nothing less than emblematic: whenever Chino had a chance to play, due to others' injuries, suspensions or whatever else, he was injured. Last year he got injured just before Oba went off to Africa, and got back the day Oba was back. This must be some perverse "plan from above", you couldn't manage it if you wanted to!
Sunday Zlatan is suspended and Adriano is still recovering, Chino would have had a chance. But he's out until December.
It's sad, it's hard, but there is no other choice: it's give up time.
Even if Recoba was to suddenly get fit, be able to stay fit, manage to conquer a starting place in the team through his performance and have 2 or 3 good seasons, this still wouldn't make up for all these years of underachievement.
There's only one thing the guy could do: pull a "Dejan Savicevic" on us and score a wonderful, vital goal in a game such as the Champions League final. Is that gonna happen? What are the chances?
We tried our best to believe in you Alvaro, too bad it didn't work out.