Gary Lineker tells a story that he was once rebuked for chasing down a defender soon after his arrival for Barcelona.
The former England striker was told in no uncertain terms he was paid to score goals, not track back, and the same could be applied here to new Sydney FC signing Alessandro del Piero.
The hero worshippers who greeted his arrival in Australia were probably expecting the Italy and Juventus icon to score a hat-trick scripted for ‘Roy of the Rovers’ on his competitive A League debut, certainly the A-League betting markets were predicting big things on his first appearance down under.
Sadly, the 37-year-old cut a frustrated figure in what proved to be a wake-up call against Wellington in New Zealand.
The World Cup winner missed training on Tuesday but the same euphoria and excitement can be expected for the visit to Allianz Stadium on Saturday of Newcastle Jets and fellow new arrival, Emile Heskey.
A crowd of close to 35,000 is tipped and no doubt all eyes will be on del Piero to make the news soccer headlines on his own.
Ian Crook has taken the sensible approach by insisting del Piero cannot wave a magic wand every time he puts on a Sky Blues shirt and has demanded others raise their game so that there is a common understanding.
It is a difficult balancing act keeping a superstar signing happy because his team-mates are not on his wavelength at the risk of upsetting the rest of the squad because of preferential treatment.
Crook has no worries that del Piero will click and does not fear burn-out because of his desire to please
Perhaps of more concern was the ease at which Wellington out-muscled Sydney FC, as if they did not wish to be upstaged by del Piero.
Crook also promised a reaction to that.