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PodJockey David Schiavone wonders if supporters have been somewhat premature
in writing off Nani at Old Trafford.
I ask you, how do you feel about Luís Carlos
Almeida da Cunha – more commonly known as Nani. Is he a top class player? Can
he become a world class player? Or does he just flatter to deceive? I for one
think he has great potential and can go on to be a fantastic player for
Manchester United and Portugal.
Nani, in recent months has been on the
receiving end of lot of bad press, and criticism from many, including the fans,
who it seems want him out in the summer and don't rate him as a top quality
footballer. I feel this is a little hasty being he has only spent 18 months or
so in England and is still relatively young.
Upon his transfer from Sporting CP in July
2007, he was seen as another Ronaldo (not
the fat one) and throughout the double winning season it proved to be, as
he played extremely well when given a chance, ending up with 4 goals and 11
assists in 25 starts. His star was burning brightly and who could forget his
show of ‘petulance' against Arsenal in the F.A. Cup, a moment that should have
endeared him to the Stretford End faithful for life.
Sir Alex Ferguson is quoted as saying, "when he develops that he will be an
outstanding talent. He has courage and speed, can play with both feet and does
not melt in big atmospheres." Now who would dare argue with a knight of the
realm? Cristiano Ronaldo has also complimented his compatriot Nani, praising
his ability, "I really hope he has
the same success as me, or even more, because he's got the ability to do
this." A compliment from a truly world class player, who it would seem
knows him better than most, whilst also training with him every day, he surely
cannot be wrong?
This season I admit he has suffered a bit
from lack of form and his final ball and decision making have been called into
question, but I think this is merely second season syndrome and a willingness
to exceed the high expectations he has set for himself. Although left out of
the team for the season beginning he has subsequently forced his way back into
Sir Alex's plans with a string of good performances in the Carling Cup.
All Nani can do is learn. Learn to play a
good final ball, learn when to play this final ball and learn to help out when
the team is on the backfoot. All things which will take a little work, but he
most certainly has the potential to do so and become a great player … a
possible world beater. QPR coach Paulo Sousa is backing Nani to become a
success in the future. "Nani is
very explosive, very strong and fast," he said. "I think that in the next five or 10 years, he and Cristiano
Ronaldo can become the best players in the world."
I ask you
what do you think? Can Nani become a world class player?