Questions were rightly asked, but in the cold light of day, a young defender’s willingness to impress and commit to a cause should not be handicapped - it should be encouraged and unleashed. In short, having too much fight is hardly a problem.
Now, with a heightened sense of responsibility, Rafa is flourishing into a world-class talent, showing exactly why patience is still a virtue in football.
And in the week when golden statues were handed out in Hollywood, do not discard this promising showman from gathering a few gongs of his own when awards season hits M16.
Player of the Year, anyone?