IMO people tend to jump to the conclusion that players from the Portuguese league aren’t as appealing and have reservations because of the Markovic shambles.
Agreed, and that's daft to say the least, usually coming from people who haven't actually watched much of the player(s) and instead of keeping their mouths shut, still want to pass on an opinion - so they generalise on past failures instead of judging each player on its merits. The Portuguese league is poor and lacks competitiveness, but Benfica, Sporting and Porto's academies are among the best in the world, Portugal are the winners of the last two senior European competitions, of the u-19 Euro and Porto are the u-20 European champions (UEFA Youth League). There's lots of talent to be found there. Personally I think Bruno Fernandes is a great player on a poor team. Think he'd be a great signing.
Btw, people love to generalise on other things as well, equally daft - a few examples: "we shouldn't deal with Italian clubs" (because of past issues or difficult negotiations - that is, if we depended on those people we wouldn't have signed Salah), "we have to stop buying from Southampton" (because Lambert and Lovren were seen as failures, then we wouldn't have signed Mané and van Dijk), among many others. I think this all stems from a great desire to provide opinions when there's none to be given, so why not go for a good old cliché.
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