Manchester United signed a proven Premier League midfielder when they snatched Marouane Fellaini from the clutches of Everton on transfer deadline day.
The Belgian was the midfield signing the club longed for, having been linked with the likes of Thiago Alacantra and Daniele de Rossi throughout the summer months.
Both players would have brought their very own styles of play to Old Trafford but would they have been the right fit? But it's the chance to sign one of Spain's miniature matadors that could prove more significant as we take a look at Athletic Bilbao's extremely talented Ander Herrera.
Any fan of La Liga would tell you that watching Ander Herrera Aguera with a ball at his feet is simply a joy to behold. The 24 year old is not known for his goal scoring feats which is proven with his total tally of six in 89 appearances during his two full seasons at his hometown club.
But as we all know it's not just about scoring goals. This Basque born boy is all about using the football for creative purposes that allow his team mates to put the ball in the back of the net if that's assisting them himself or finding that one key pass that allows the team to break.
Most noticeable is his ability to get himself into space near the half way line and pick out his forwards with inch perfect over the top balls or just simple yet effective spraying passes to either flank.
That's where his greatest strength lies. Not to mention his sublime close ball control and agility when under pressure. Spanish football is mainly about playing the ball through the centre of the pitch with the national team absolute masters of using this style to their advantage.
What Manchester United fans have been screaming out for is a player in the same mould, a natural successor to Paul Scholes, quite arguably one of the best if not best passer of a ball ever to grace the English game.
They have the very capable and much criticised Michael Carrick, who has improved dramatically over the last couple of years, and the unfortunate Darren Fletcher to play in that area of the pitch.
But they are a completely different style of midfielder to Herrera not to mention quite a bit older. Shinji Kagawa was brought in to add that bit of spark and wizardry to United's attacking core but has failed to replicate his form that made the Red Devils recruit him from Borussia Dortmund.
I firmly believe if David Moyes had drafted this raw Spanish talent in alongside Fellaini then the Old Trafford faithful would have seen a huge lift in their seasons title challenge that comes with new blood. We won't see him in a red jersey this year, but do yourself a favour and keep an eye on Bilbao's performances in 2013/14, with a certain Ander Herrera under the microscope.
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