There are some frightening parallels between Liverpool, post-Dalglish and Manchester United, post-Ferguson. Dalglish resigned in 1991 after 5 years in which Liverpool took 3 titles and 2 FA Cups. Souness came in and found a squad replete with thirty somethings. Not his fault. But he replaced them with too many ordinary players and Liverpool are still recovering over two decades on.
Out went the likes of Beardsley, MacMahon, Ablett and Houghton. In came Razor Ruddock, Nigel Clough, David James, Mark Wright and Dominic Matteo – all decent enough players but nowhere near as good as what had gone before.
Similarly, David Moyes has inherited a Manchester United squad of champions but one with many players in their thirties. He’s already bought one over-priced, and so far very average, player in Marouane Fellaini. Reports today suggest that he may be in for another player of questionable ability at the top level. The Metro says:
David Moyes has earmarked a wedge of his summer transfer £300million funds to buy Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon as a replacement for Antonio Valencia.
The Manchester United boss has been a fan of the England international since his days in charge at Everton and wants the 26-year-old from Yorkshire to be part of his transformation at Old Trafford.
Perhaps we are being harsh with Lennon. He has added some maturity to his lightning pace in the last couple of years. He’s gained consistency and has a better final ball then ever. But there is a reason why Lennon is not a regular for England. It’s because, while he remains a decent Premier League player, he will never be a game changer in the tightest matches at the highest levels.
Andros Townsend may one day be regarded as a world-class talent but, we believe, Lennon simply doesn’t have that capacity. Spurs fans may disagree bitterly with this perception but hopefully they can hold on to him and everyone will be happy. Because we don’t know too many Manchester United fans who would be impressed with this signing. It could prove yet another expensive mistake on a seemingly interminable downward spiral into mediocrity for Manchester United.
Unlike some other Premier League clubs with bottomless pits of cash, Manchester United can’t afford to make many more mistakes in the transfer market. We feel that, for a club with aspirations of Champions League glory, Lennon would represent another bad investment.
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