With the impending departure of the legend that is Patrice Evra, the Manchester Evening News today have compiled a list of potential suitors to the throne Evra is leaving behind him.
The list, containing five potentials, looks at players to challenge Luke Shaw for that coveted starting place. Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo, Ricardo Rodriguez, Alberto Moreno and Caner Erkin are considered suitable, and like David Lynch, I shall be throwing my two pence in.
The Dutch left-back is being heavily talked about recently, and all on the back of one (very good) pass to Robin van Persie in the first game against Spain. The article states he is a versatile player, having featured in two or three different positions during the Netherlands’ quest for the World Cup, but is the only real reason offered as to why he should be signed (bar the obvious ties with Van Gaal). And they are the only reasons I can see we would sign Blind, as barring that one stellar ball, he has done little to impress me.
The 24-year-old Argentine has certainly earned his plaudits. David Lynch claims that now is the right time for the Sporting Lisbon full back to move to compete in Europe’s biggest leagues. And is seen as ideal due to the fact he has played centre back before in his career. However, it is a dangerous game buying on the back of good World Cups (as we well know, cough Kleberson cough) and without him having appeared on any radars before this summer is a concern.
The current Swiss left-back is someone I’ve spoken about before myself. The Manchester Evening News claim any move would be surprising (as the report the other day also did) and could command a large fee. They also claim signing him could be detrimental to Luke Shaws development (Though letting Evra leave in the first place could also be considered so). Where ability wise he is probably what we should be looking for, his age does mean too close competition for Shaw.
The highly rated Spaniard was linked with us in January, and a move was reportedly close for the Seville man. Lynch suggests it’s a similar, but cheaper, quandary to Rodriguez. Too close to Shaws age to be of benefit. But a desperation to prove himself ahead of the next Euros, and the fact the Scousers have been heavily linked, could add up to highly motivated performances, and a bloody good laugh too.
Certainly the lesser known to the masses of the 5. Though I have seen his name mentioned in passing once or twice earlier in the window. The 25 – year – old Turk is said to be ready for a move away from Fenerbahçe and has been linked with Chelsea in the past according to this article. He would certainly provide the experience Louis Van Gaal is looking for, and may not set us back all too much.
Where Lynch doesn’t commit to saying who his preferred choice would, or even who the best fit would be, you get the feeling he leans more towards Erkin. Not knowing as much about the Turk as the rest, my personal preference would be Rojo, he has impressed something fierce this summer and would provide the right versatility for the squad. Daley Blind is just one good ball, Rodriguez and Moreno (funny as it would be to laugh some more at the Dippers) are too close to Shaws age to be of benefit to him.
So for me, Rojo. Seemingly for David Lynch it’s Erkin. For you? You choose. Ultimately it’s up to Louis Van Gaal.