Manchester United may have spent around £150million in last summer’s transfer window, but they bagged an absolute bargain in their Dutchman.
Daley Blind joined Louis Van Gaal’s side for a mere £16m (a few joined the Premier League for the same price…) and settled straight into his new league, dubbed the best and most physical in the world.
In the midst of the big summer transfer window, Daley Blind seemed a bit left behind due to the fact he was not one of the biggest names to join the Red Devils.
Blind arrived in the same transfer window as the most expensive signing in British history – Angel di Maria from Real Madrid, and of course, the loanee from Monaco, Radamel Falcao. What a lot of Manchester United fans had seen of Blind was just the World Cup. How could he establish himself before he had even walked on to the pitch?
Yet once he did step onto the pitch at Old Trafford, Daley Blind showed us what he could do. In his debut game against Queens Park Rangers, he was again overshadowed by di Maria – who bagged his first Manchester United goal on what you could only describe as a dream debut, as did Ander Herrera. P
raise may not have fallen on Blind, but what a game he had. His passing was outstanding and it was clear to see why Louis Van Gaal brought him in.
Di María the star today but Blind the clever, calming influence Ronald de Boer said he'd be. Great debut. #MUNQPR
— Jim White (@JimWhite) September 14, 2014
He may typically be known as a midfielder, but Blind has also adopted the role of left back this season. That’s quite a shift in role, but Blind took to it well, despite it not being his best position.
With Luke Shaw getting hit with injury after injury, something had to be done. Blind had been the man for the make shift job. Make shift being the best word to describe the entire back line this season.
Blind’s importance can be highlighted by the blow that was dealt when he picked up an injury on international duty, forcing him to be sidelined for six weeks with a knee problem. Plenty of players were struck down with injuries, but the Dutchman’s was one of the most serious, and the side missed him.
Daley Blind will undoubtedly have a big part to play next season – be it as a midfielder or in a defensive role. Fortunately for Blind, he has not been burdened by over expectation or an excessive price tag.
He may have been somewhat quiet when it comes to column inches but that does not retract from the work he has put in week in week out. Let’s not forget, he was crowned Dutch Player of the Year last season, which speaks volumes.
There may have been teething problems along the way, but that is normal for a player adjusting to a new league, let alone an entirely new role half way through the season.