Despite spending a heavy truck-load of cash throughout the 2014 summer transfer window, Louis van Gaal and Manchester United simply didn’t receive as good a return as many hoped on their magnitude of expensive stars across the entire course of last season.
The club’s fourth place finish and overall lack of threat in the 2014/15 title race ultimately served to highlight the fact that not all transfers in the Premier League seemingly run smoothly or go according to plan at any given rate.
However, even though the likes of Radamel Falcao and Angel Di Maria completely failed to live up to their overly inflated price tags at Old Trafford last term, Dutchman Daley Blind nevertheless provided his new fan-base with at least some degree of commitment and quality since first making his debut in the English game.
With Manchester United continuing to strengthen their ranks in the run up to the 2015/16 campaign though, it’s becoming increasingly harder to figure out just where the 25-year-old will definitively fit into Louis van Gaal’s plans next season – especially with several new high profile faces making their way to Old Trafford this summer in an attempt to win a place in their manager’s starting XI.
So then, does Daley Blind still have a future at Manchester United going into the new campaign, or has the versatile midfielder’s chance with the Red Devils already sadly come and gone for the determined Dutchman?
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Well, if the Old Trafford faithful were looking for a reasonable amount of promise and potential in the former Ajax man throughout the course of last season, then Daley Blind certainly provided it. He may have seen his form drop for certain parts of the campaign, and perhaps he could have admittedly scored a few more goals than he managed last term – but ultimately the flying Dutchman nevertheless proved himself a decent acquisition if nothing else.
When it came to spraying the ball with vision across the pitch to his teammates, constantly keeping the play ticking over in the middle of the park, and breaking the opposition’s play up effectively when needed in 2014/15 – the Dutch international definitely brought his fair share to the table. Michael Carrick may have arguably been the most influential player in Manchester United’s midfield last season, but Daley Blind wasn’t too far behind.
For a debut campaign in the Premier League, the 25-year-old made a good impression for sure – but with this summer already providing the Old Trafford faithful with a new bunch of stars to contend with ahead of the new season – Blind’s place in the Red Devils’ squad may have just about come up for evaluation.
The likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin and Matteo Darmian have all been acquired by the Manchester United boardroom staff in the last few days, placing a clear question mark over the role Daley Blind is supposed to be carrying out next term. Each of the aforementioned stars bring with them strong reputations to the Premier League and will certainly get their chance under Louis van Gaal next season.
Whilst Blind has proven able to play in a variety of different positions – including centre-midfield and full-back – it seems the Red Devils haven’t really applied much foresight in regards to their recent transfer policy, opting instead to just wave the cheque-book about whenever the chance arises. The Dutchman’s position in the team rather surprisingly comes under real threat next term despite largely impressing during the 2014/15 campaign and Louis van Gaal distinctly needing to strengthen elsewhere.
Manchester United therefore can’t be given a great deal of credit in this instance, for the most recent signings made under LVG just don’t seem to have a great deal of long-term thought behind them – regardless of their obvious potential.
Daley Blind’s impressive versatility should nonetheless keep him in safe hands at Old Trafford, at least for the 2015/16 season. Injuries and suspensions will come thick and fast once the new campaign eventually gets underway – and as United simply don’t want to be caught short mid-way through the term – players like Blind will ultimately prove essential at filling in the gaps and keeping the play moving for Louis van Gaal just when he needs it most next season.
As more new faces could well be on their way to Old Trafford in the wake of Manchester United’s recent summer purchases however, maybe a role on the bench is all that currently awaits Daley Blind at this stage in the proceedings.