Since his £12million move from Borussia Dortmund eighteen months ago, Shinji Kagawa still hasn’t made the positive impression we all thought he would. Last season he was often deployed out wide, and many admirers of the Japanese star (myself included), put that down to him playing out of position.
Kagawa never had a constant run in the side either, and many labelled his first season as a ‘settling in period’ for the 24-year old. However, for me this season Shinji Kagawa has offered even less than he did last, despite having a decent run in the side due to injuries amongst the squad. The former Cerezo Osaka man has even had his chance in the #10 spot behind the striker on a few occasions, yet still offered very little in the way of attacking potency.
Don’t get me wrong, I still think Shinji Kagawa is an excellent player, maybe its just one of those moves that hasn’t worked out and its probably best for all parties that he leaves Manchester United.
Juan Mata is another player who’s future is up in the air at the moment. The clever Spaniard made a £23.5m move from Valencia to Chelsea in 2011, and made instant impact by scoring on his debut. Mata soon became the heartbeat of the Chelsea starting line-up, and in his first season he scored 12 times, and contributed with a whopping 20 assists.
His second season at Chelsea was even more impressive, and he particularly flourished under the management of Rafael Benitez. On their way to finishing third in the league, Juan Mata scored 20 goals and assisted 35 others in 64 games across all competitions. Despite that incredible record, Jose Mourinho isn’t keen on the 25-year old, and has apparently said he can leave Chelsea in the January window if the right offer comes in.
I’d love Juan Mata at United. Its a simple as that. He’s an extremely clever player on the ball and he always looks for that killer pass – something that United so desperately need at the moment. My only concern is that we’d probably struggle to accommodate him in the #10 role which he thrives in without a change in formation. PSG are currently favourites for his signature, but I’d be disappointed if we didn’t make an enquiry at the very least, he’s one of those players that are just too good to miss out on.
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