When Lucas Moura first arrived at PSG for a pretty sizeable fee back in the winter of 2013, the up and coming South American star was expected to set the footballing world alight among the French capital, as well as register himself as a first team regular within the Brazilian national squad whilst he was at it.
As life among Europe’s most elite stratosphere invariably proves harshly unaccommodating for some however, such a positive outcome has ultimately failed to take place for Lucas Moura. The 23-year-old wide-man has largely been used as little more than an impact substitute during his stay at the Parc des Princes, subsequently raising a great deal of speculation surrounding his future role at the club.
Whilst the quick-footed attacker has in-fact shown glimpses of his undisputed talent during his fluctuating stay within Ligue 1, Manchester United have most recently seen themselves linked with Lucas Moura in light of the upcoming January transfer window. Lord knows the Red Devils need a little assistance in the goal-scoring department.
However, as Louis van Gaal’s side have already spent a quite incredible amount in the transfer market with all things duly taken into account, is it now time for Manchester United to tone down their carefree seasonal spending just a tad, and begin building a team out on the training pitch rather than endlessly pushing money around in the boardroom?
Well, although the Red Devils have certainly experienced their fair share of high profile transfer flops of late, the Premier League would most definitely be boosted by the potential acquisition of Lucas Moura.
At a mere 23-years-old, the Brazilian still has enough of his career ahead of him to reach that all-important full potential we’ve all been waiting to see from the former Sao Paulo man.
When it comes to aiding his team with sheer pace on the counter-attack, providing a willing pair of legs to link-up with rather effectively in the final third, and simply adding that elusive South American flair that the European game just loves to indulge itself in from time to time – this is a player most fans of the English top-flight would pay to watch.
Although his career has in-fact become stagnant during his less than profitable spell with PSG, the potential is still in place for Lucas Moura to become a hit somewhere else. The January transfer window therefore provides the ideal opportunity for the Brazilian to finally develop his overall game even further.
However, are Manchester United simply forgetting that they signed both Anthony Martial and Memphis Depay this summer? Both players have been utilized in Lucas Moura’s preferred position this season – and whilst Martial has indeed impressed whilst operating out on the Old Trafford turf, Memphis has ultimately proved less than convincing. They were the players brought in to make amends for the ill-fated Angel Di Maria saga last season after all, so now the Red Devils hierarchy should simply stop spending just for the sake of it.
Yes, Lucas Moura can certainly score goals, but is he the out-and-out finisher Manchester United are so desperately crying out for now? Of course not. The Brazilian is yet another luxury wide-man who needs further quality out on the pitch ahead of him to truly make an impact for his respective side.
The Red Devils may well admittedly go down as long-term admirers of flying wide-man at the end of the day, but as Lucas Moura nonetheless cost PSG a whopping total of €45million when he was but a mere 19-years-of-age, the Parisian giants simply won’t be too keen on letting Lucas Moura leave on the cheap any time soon.
So although Manchester United clearly need to boost their attacking options this January, the current PSG man simply fails to represent the perfect target for Louis van Gaal. The Red Devils must now view the upcoming transfer window as the chance to genuinely improve their side’s faltering cohesion out on the pitch, instead of exclusively thinking about how many shirts can be sold with a new-found ‘hero’ planted arbitrarily on the back.