A former Manchester United star is not getting carried away with the hype surrounding Alexis Sanchez, claiming he is still unconvinced by the new Arsenal forward and branding him "useless".
Lou Macari gave his assessment of the Chile international signed for £35million by Arsene Wenger this summer and believes there has been too much praise. In his column for the Stoke Sentinel, Macari said he believed the lack of star quality in the Premier League made Sanchez look better than he actually is.
Sanchez was, once again, the Gunners' key man on Saturday in the easy 3-0 victory over Stoke City at Emirates Stadium. The former Barcelona and Udinese star scored two goals and assisted the other during another Man of the Match display.
However, Macari said a lot of that was to do with Mark Hughes' side being so poor on the day, claiming they were the masters of their own downfall. Poor defending at a set-piece allowed Laurent Koscielny to open the scoring after only six minutes, before a smart near post finish and deflected free-kick from Sanchez put the game to bed.
Despite this being his 11th and 12th goals of the Premiere League season and his seven assist, making him the player involved in the most goals so far, Macari felt that Sanchez has yet to show the consistency to be considered top draw - claiming a "useless" showing against Manchester United was proof of this.
"Another difference between the two teams on the day was Alexis Sanchez, of course, and people are inevitably banging on about him because there are so few quality acts in the Premier League," he said.
"I still worry that we are maybe building this guy up too much though. I’ve got to say he was next to useless when I saw him against Manchester United earlier this season.
"For me, a truly top player can turn it on week-in and week-out, home or away, and against the big boys. The jury is still out for me where Sanchez is concerned."
It's fair to say that Macari will probably have more than a handful of people disagreeing with him, especially as the 25-year-old doesn't show any signs of slowing down in his goal creation for the moment.
However, it is probably wise of him to be cautious over lavishing too much high praise on the Arsenal star, as he has only played half a season of Premier League football and the examples of Samir Nasri and Mesut Özil are proof that from can drop off dramatically after a fast start.