Let’s face it – although Manchester United certainly aren’t out of the Premier League title race just yet this season, the 2015/16 campaign has so far offered very little in terms of excitement or entertainment down at Old Trafford this term.
Louis van Gaal’s side have hardly looked convincing from a domestic point of view, the Red Devils obviously face the remainder of the current campaign without the prospect of Champions League football still on the table – and although a great deal of resources have indeed been spent at the club over the last few available transfer windows – this United outfit simply look short of goal-scoring form if we’re all being honest.
So then, with Lazio’s up and coming Brazilian play-maker – Felipe Anderson – subsequently seeing his name linked with a big money move to Old Trafford this January, has Louis van Gaal finally found the solution to Manchester United’s growing concerns in front of goal this season?
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Well, as the Red Devils have certainly made a habit of wasting vast amounts of cash on high profile players who have somehow failed to make the grade in England, this is the kind of transfer story that arrives with an unmistakable sense of risk behind it.
Felipe Anderson has admittedly impressed in the Italian Serie A in the past with his quick feet and ability to make things happen inside the final third however.
Someone of his mould could easily help win round the Old Trafford faithful in what has so far proven a partially frustrating campaign at Manchester United to say the very least.
When it comes to taking on fine efforts from just outside the box, displaying a range of impressive finishing skills that would bolster any Premier League side operating in the English game – and simply giving his respective fan-base due cause to sit up and take note whenever the ball finds itself at the 22-year-old’s feet – Felipe Anderson seemingly bares all the necessary hallmarks to make it right at the very top.
However, much of the recent sensation surrounding the current Serie A star is nonetheless built upon pure hope for the future more than anything else. Although Anderson enjoyed a great run of form for Lazio during the tail-end of the previous campaign, the highly coveted South American has struggled to maintain a great deal of consistency in the Italian capital over his entire spell at the club.
Question marks have arisen over his general fitness throughout his time at the Stadio Olimpico – and although most 22-year-old’s invariably fail to portray the out-in-out finished article with all things fairly considered – it remains doubtful as to whether or not Felipe Anderson truly represents the real deal in the modern era.
Manchester United’s reported willingness to match Lazio’s £36.7 million price-tag for the Brazilian therefore seems ridiculous. If the Old Trafford hierarchy eventually go through with such an extortionate deal by the end of the January transfer window, then it really would seem as if the Red Devils bosses just haven’t learnt their lesson from their previously costly forays into the transfer market in seasons past.
The once dominant English club simply need guaranteed goals this winter, and perhaps a little Premier League experience to match. Louis van Gaal’s side have already risked one too many moves on the transfer scene that have dramatically failed to come off – so if the Old Trafford boardroom staff were to really have their heads screwed on properly this season – the time for bringing expensive big money gambles into the fold should have long since ceased by now.
As the Red Devils nonetheless seem more than willing to match the £36.7million asking price casually hanging above Felipe Anderson’s head this winter however, perhaps Manchester United will simply maintain their bolshie approach until a high stakes signing finally comes off at their club.
Although they have indeed tried to turn themselves into Premier League Galacticos rather naively in recent campaigns, potential signings such as this one seem nothing but desperate as each silverware-less season eventually plays out.
So then, although Felipe Anderson could very well represent a decent acquisition for any high ranking English team one day, he is arguably not the man to save Louis van Gaal’s increasingly disappointing outfit from their current issues in 2015/16.