The thing is, Viera was 20 when he arrived at Woolwich and played in England for 9 years before spending 5 in Italy. He then came back to play one year at 34 where he was OK, but a shadow of his former self. Flamini similar in that he played at Woolwich for four years before going to Italy, then moved back last year at age 29 - still a prime age.There is a thing about this higher paced EPL that bothers me though , how come some older players like Viera, Flamini and others fail in Italy but can come to the EPL and have an impact ? There must be others that i forgot about but even Scholes after 6 months in retirement made an almost direct impact. Is the high paced EPL a myth or does it only concern wingers and wingbacks ?
Cambiasso on the other hand has never played in England, and has only played a season and a half at Madrid (the half based on his appearances dropping by some margin in the second season) and will be 34 when the season starts. The vast majority of his career has been Italy (10 years) and he left La Liga 11 years ago. Serie A while a great league which I enjoy watching very much, is a league which doesn't play at the breakneck speed that the Premier League does. Cambiasso was considered done in Milan, now at 34 with no EPL experience and minimal time outside Italy is being lined up to come in at Spurs.
He was a great player, but he isn't anymore. A lot of Italian fans were saying his legs have gone. If we sign him I of course hope he does well but the odds are very much stacked against him IMHO