It wasn't negativity as such. Many just said it was an uninspiring and not particularly original signing, which it was, but it still might turn out ultimately successful.
Then they are mentalists and/or hipsters.
What on earth has originality got to do with anything?
We got a player who is better than anybody else in our side, in his peak years for, what is today, peanuts.
I'd say that was pretty inspired.
In fact, it was original as well, because no other fucker did it, we did.