Louis van Gaal set million of tongues wagging again this week by stating that Manchester United needs more vision and more creativity in the forward areas of the squad.
“…we have to look for more balance, for more creativity. For example, Chelsea have Hazard, Willian and Oscar. There is a lot of creativity there. And you need that because you have to disorganise [the teams who park] the bus. Next year there might be more teams who are parking the bus.”
“We don’t have a good vision. We can use much more creativity,”
That end of the market is of course small. And when you consider the availability of this top bracket of forwards, the pool gets much smaller still.
There are always unearthed gems from South America that may be considered in the wide scouting network of Louis van Gaal.
But the ones who are still flying under the radar would generally struggle to get work permits to play in Europe, due to their lack of international caps.
Manchester United would love to buy a Bale, Ronaldo, Messi or Neymar but they simply aren’t available right now. Meanwhile Arsenal wouldn’t sell Sanchez and United would have no chance of prising Hazard from Chelsea.
But, for our money, there is one player who stands head and shoulders above the rest in terms of potentially available, top class creative talent. A player who isn’t currently at one of the top 5 clubs in the world and may be gettable.
That man is Marco Reus.
At 26 he’s a consistent game-changer. A player who can turn games on their head, create, score and offer the sort of spectacle that Manchester United fans crave.
He’s quick, incisive and loves to run at defenders. And if he hadn’t been injured before The World Cup last year he would have a much bigger profile on the world stage already.
Manchester United should go all out to sign Reus because he is one of the few players who can make a difference at the very top end of the game.
Let’s see him in action.