The transfer/silly season is upon us and its now time for journalists, bloggers, tweeters and fans to speculate, suggest and even claim they know which player is heading to Old Trafford this Summer.
It’s almost like transfer bingo, pick a player usually from a newly fashionable Spanish side- maybe one of the Atletico’s- add an imaginary yet somehow believable figure -usually around the £25 million mark- then for good measure claim he’s replacing a player on his way out – Nani/Rooney.
The problem with a lot of speculation is that much of it depends on David Moyes thinking as to what areas the team needs strengthening and who in the current side the new manager doesn’t rate. One area that doesn’t automatically spring to mind in terms of where the Reds may need new signings is the wing department, after all we’ve got Wilfried Zaha on the way not to mention Ashley Young, Nani and Antonio Valencia – plus a certain experienced Welshman.
On the surface the wing positions look good for United but anyone who’s watched the Reds over the course of the season knows there’s a lot of room for improvement. Nani has been extremely erratic, Tony V has gone to the dogs, Young seems to be in a constant circle of injury, recovering, patchy form then injury, while relying on a man entering his 40s is quite simply potty, regardless of how Mr Giggs seems to roll back the years with each campaign.
Another winger may not be top of the shopping list for everyone, but ask yourself a question: could it really hurt to have two young, hungry, talented wingers at the club?
Ince managed 18 league goals last season plus fourteen assists in a side that was struggling in the bottom half of the Championship- all at the tender age of 21. There’s every reason to think the former Liverpool man could improve next season and despite signing a one year contract with the Tangerines, Ince could be available for around the £20 million mark -despite his dad’s claims he’s worth £25. The latest reports indicate that Liverpool, Spurs and even Internazionale are interested in the left winger who can also play just off the front man, but surely a move to the Champions just down the road from where is now would represent a more attractive proposition. Paul Ince may have fallen from favour with United fans, but that shouldn’t stand in the way of a move which could be good for his son.
With recent comments regarding Shinji Kagawa being ‘wasted’ out on the left wing, is it such a bad idea to bring in a young talented winger who’s graduated from the school of hard knocks in the Championship?
Uh-oh, have I lost it again? Is Ince not the answer to move the team forward? Or is a young goalscoring, talented winger just what we need?
Comments, suggestions and ridicule below please: