Manchester United played against the 24-year-old Lars Bender in mid-week - and the Premier League champions should be looking to sign him.
Interest in Luka Modric, Thiago Alcantara, Cesc Fabregas and Yohan Cabaye indicates that David Moyes was keen on signing a creative midfielder over the summer.
It’s hardly revelatory to point a stick at United’s midfield and question their options - it’s been done to death for close to three years now.
Carrick’s rise to prominence is well noted and he has established himself as a cornerstone of the first-team, but the fact is he is relied upon far too heavily. And to reduce some burden on Carrick's shoulders United must pursue interest in someone like Modric or Cabaye and, more likely, Lars Bender.
The 24-year-old is considered to be a developing and an exciting player, but I don't know why Moyes has failed to scout him yet, considering the extensive scouting network he had at Everton.
Carrick tends to sit deep in the field and acts more like a deep-lying midfielder - and that's enough for United out there.
United need creative things to be done in the central midfield and Marouane Fellaini was recruited to this in the middle of the park. But so far he has struggled to produce his best form and United look to catch hold of another like-minded and quality player.
Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender somehow looks good to take up this kind of role. Over in Germany, Bender’s numbers this season are very good as on paper he is a destroyer.
In the Bundesliga he has made 26 tackles in nine matches at 2.9 per game, while picking off interceptions 12 times. The opposite is true of Carrick, who has made 19 tackles and 40 interceptions, while Fellaini stands at nine tackles and 12 interceptions in seven appearances. The potential is there for a ferocious ball-winning, smothering machine.
This tells us that Sven's twin brother is pretty much a player like Fellaini and Carrick. He can string small passes in the midfield like Fellaini and can tackle like crazy very much like Carrick.
Moreover, there is no shortage of goals in this guy - he has scored 12 for Leverkusen in more than 100 appearances, and this is somewhat ideal for a central midfielder.
He can also take up the role of an attack-minded right=back in some cases and this ensures some versatility like United's Phil Jones. However, he has embarked on a whopping 15 dribbles in his nine Bundesliga appearances, eight more than the 25-year-old Belgian, Fellaini.
He is an entirely different prospect to the options Moyes has at his disposal, like Darren Fletcher, who is still sitting out due to a stomach illness.
Arsenal were reportedly interested in Bender in the summer before Leverkusen tied him down to a deal running until 2019; United, not for the first time, should have signed him.
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