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Why United Should Avoid Moura And Look Elsewhere
Footytubeblog (Blog) 1 year ago
Sao Paulo’s Lucas Moura has reason to be linked with the biggest names in European football. As one of Brazil’s brightest stars in an incredible generation of talent, the calls from Europe’s big guns were right on cue. Manchester United, who are clearly the front-runners for Lucas’ signature, would do well to avoid the player, for this summer at least.

Manchester United’s ambition is clear: they want to add to their list of Premier League titles, and the need to knock Manchester City off their perch is also high up on their list of priorities. Most notably, though, is the necessity to replace Cristiano Ronaldo in the long-term. At the moment, there are few players available in world football who could live up to the standards set by the Portuguese flyer. While Lucas is certainly high up that list, United would not be doing themselves or the player any favours by moving for him this summer.

The bright path that everyone is looking down is that Lucas arrives in England at one of Europe’s most prestigious clubs and hit’s the ground running. Even now, the player has displayed ability that far surpasses the talents of Ashley Young - a regular in last season’s disappointing United team.

With the attacking flair of his compatriots, the excitement and enthusiasm for Lucas is justified. There’s every chance the player could transform himself from a hugely exciting prospect into one of the world’s best. He’s gifted with outstanding pace and dribbling skills, he’s got a cannon of a shot hidden away in his small frame and he has the fearless drive to frighten even the best defences.

But all of that is just projecting Lucas to perform like that every week. He’s still only 19 and has only played competitively in Brazil. Even now, in an Olympic tournament, he doesn’t figure from the start for his national side. Yes, there are far more established players ahead of him on the flanks for Brazil, but it all adds up to a reason for the player not to transfer to European football and specifically the Premier League.

Lucas’ age amounts to a level of maturity that the player is still shy of in order to succeed in big competitions. For that, he is prone to actions that can call his attitude into question. Furthermore, there are issues over his consistency. Yes he’s an extremely talented player, but that only amounts to so much when you’ve only been playing top-flight football for a very short time.

With a £30 million-plus transfer to Manchester United comes the weight of expectation and pressure. The Premier League’s hostile crowds can be damaging to players who are unfamiliar with the atmosphere, and the desire for many to see him start quickly and brightly in England could be to the long-term detriment of his career.

It’s not to suggest that Manchester United should avoid the player at all costs, but the proposed fee is a gamble that neither he nor the club should be willing to take at this time.

United need another bright spark in their team - a real talisman who can take this new, young group over the line. Again, Lucas fits that description. But considering United’s phenomenal debt, as well as their need to get back to the top of the mountain, wouldn’t Lucas be better served carrying on his development away from that?

The £30 million, which Sao Paolo rejected, is too great a figure to part with for potential. Lucas is an untested player in European football, and he’s still learning ahead of his big and real debut on the world stage at the 2014 World Cup.

Like Neymar, Lucas should look to hold back and consider his short-term future for the good of his long-term goals. A move to Europe is on the cards, but maybe this summer is a year too soon.



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TheBarcaShow (Footytube Staff) 1 year ago
This blog seems out of place?
Achiox (Manchester United) 1 year ago
"[.... ] last season’s disappointing United team. "

What? I'm sure you meant "[.... ] last season's disappointing severely injured United team. "

Yes, United could have played some better matches last season, but the team itself was far from disappointing - given that they rarely had the entire first team fielded (I define first team as a team's starting XI if there were no injuries), they took the title race until the final game.

He’s still only 19 and has only played competitively in Brazil. Even now, in an Olympic tournament, he doesn’t figure from the start for his national side. Yes, there are far more established players ahead of him on the flanks for Brazil, but it all adds up to a reason for the player not to transfer to European football and specifically the Premier League.

.... Which is why United should buy a few more reliable veterans. I still reminisce about how epic the Arteta signing was for Arsenal - just out of nowhere, Wenger buys a quality midfielder, despite the player's age.

Of course, if SAF's main priority is to earn money, it will still be a gamble to buy a 19-year-old "prodigy", although obviously a better investment that paying for a 28-year-old veteran. Only SAF knows!
ManUK (Manchester United) 1 year ago
Just because his raw skills surpass Ashley Young doesn't mean he will have end product or be the better player. That depends on his attitude and coaching in the future



   
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