We very much like the cut of the jibs of the current generation of Argentine stars plying their trade abroad. Gone are the stereotypes of them being hackers or Machiavellian by footballing nature. The modern Argentinian export tends to be a cultured footballer with great professionalism and technique added to physical and mental toughness.
So latest reports that Manchester United will invest in two more this January are bound to set some pulses racing. The Daily Express suggests:
LVG to splash £50m on Benfica stars following HUGE Hernandez blow
MANCHESTER UNITED are looking to sign Benfica duo Enzo Perez and Nicolas Gaitan.
The price mooted for the pair is £50m. So would they be good additions?
We really like him. He’s a solid player with a bit of everything – a strong, disciplined and technically proficient holding midfielder who can also get up the park and offer attacking threat. He came on for the injured Angel di Maria in the semi-final of The Word Cup in Brazil and did himself great credit. Perhaps doesn’t have the all-round game of Kevin Strootman but good enough to make United a better side.
Manchester United links with this player go all the way back to 2011 when The Independent was confident that the club had signed him. His form has since tailed off and he hasn’t realised his great potential. But last season he was back to close to his mercurial best and he’s an interesting option to add quality to the wide areas. Yet another left-footer.
Let’s remind ourselves of the quality of Gaitan. Manchester United fans: would he improve the attack?