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How to figure out which player’s shirt to get

We made a flowchart and it’s only got one wrong answer.

ACF Fiorentina v SSC Napoli - Serie A
Not like this.
Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images

Although we’ve known for some time that Fiorentina is likely signing Kappa as its new kit maker (don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Le Coq Sportif), we haven’t seen the design yet. Nevertheless, there are doubtless a bunch of yall who’d like to purchase one of these new shirts and will do so next year.

That, of course, leads to a whole other question: how do you decide which player’s name to get on the back? While a nameless jersey is certainly an acceptable option, sometimes you just have to take the plunge and make that personal connection to a member of the squad.

How do you decide, though? Getting the best player, or the best young player, or whoever you think is a surefire breakout star are all decent options, but given how fluid the mercato is, there’s no guarantee that your new shirt will serve as anything but a painful reminder by the start of the next season. That’s why I’ve put together this handy flowchart to walk you through this difficult process. Start in the purple box on the left side and go from there. And yeah, you’re probably going to need to zoom in quite a bit.

I thought about adding next year’s arrivals—Sofyan Amrabat, anyone?—but decided to confine it to the current squad because this dang thing is already big enough. I’m intrigued to hear which name and number everyone winds up with.