I never picked that up from him. Always upbeat, and handicapped by language hurdles ... he was the only spanish speaking guy in the building for a long time here, and a victim of our inability to implement the 4-2-2-2. I still have concerns about BWP having someone next to him up top.
I think the language thing could have been a huge barrier in terms of comfort, but he did seem out of sync with the rest of the guys on an emotional level, really until the second half of this year. Maybe moody is the right word, but sometimes when he came on the field he definitely seemed like a guy who was not all there. What irks me more is that the team invested so much into him in terms of money and time, and we were finally getting the results, and they moved on. I know he's not 21, but he was still young!
I'm a big Veron guy. I also think Rivas is a step back in terms of quality. I also agree that BWP may not be suited to a two-man forward, which is why I think a 4-3-3 with Veron and Royer on the wings would have been an almost optimal set-up. I know back in Argentina Veron played a lot on the wing in that lineup, which didn't really translate to our 4-2-3-1 unless he was up top.