If Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is looking to bolster his midfield with a ready-made star, he should look no further than Barcelona's Thiago Alcantara.
With the 2014 World Cup less than 430 days away, Thiago cannot continue to wait for chances to come along at Barcelona. Falling behind players such as Cesc Fàbregas, Xavi Hernández, Andrés Iniesta and Sergio Busquets in the pecking order can mean it is almost impossible for a 21-year-old to break in to the first team. Given that some of these men have been considered the best midfielders of their time makes the job that much harder.
After 93 first team appearances in five seasons, Thiago has realised it is time to move on if he is to stake a claim in the Spain squad for the World Cup. Manchester United would seem like the perfect place for the Spaniard to make his next home. Rated at £15m, United will reignite their interest in the player they have been keen on buying in past seasons.
As a player who has been training with one of the best - if not the best - teams in the world, Thiago definitely has everything it takes to ply his trade at the Theatre of Dreams. Barcelona are used to playing a fast paced intensive game by pressing their opponents relentlessly high up for possession of the ball. The Premier League is one of the most physically demanding and intensive leagues in the world. Having the ability to play an accurate yet fast game will greatly boost his chances of success at United.
Coming from a team which plays eye-catching passing football, Thiago also possesses excellent passing ability. He can either operate at the centre of the field or in tight spaces within the opposition’s area. He is a strong player and would fit right in the middle of the park.
With United sometimes finding it hard to break down tight defences in the final third, they could very well welcome an energetic and creative young midfielder. He could definitely work well with Tom Cleverly to form a dynamic partnership in the middle. As age takes its toll on the older midfielders at United, it would be a good addition to the squad as a whole to add energy and dynamism which is sometimes lacking in the United midfield.
With great potential to develop into a world-class player and great current ability, Thiago will surely get first-team opportunities to develop himself,as well as help United pursue their quest for future success.
United just have to ensure they do not let him slip back to Spain as they did in the past with Gerard Pique.
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