Why This Golden Boot Winner Can Turn It Around For Manchester United Next Season

James Rodriguez

The speculations over Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale will always hit the market, but the news about James Rodriguez has alerted many of the European Giants. After a frustrating time in the Spanish Capital, the Columbian International is rumored to leave Los Blancos in order to get first team opportunities.

James Rodriguez was an unknown figure while his time at Porto. On 25 May 2013 Monaco bought the player and he became the second most expensive transfer in Portuguese football behind former teammate Hulk. He stared in the 2014 World Cup, where he ended up winning the Golden Boot as the tournament’s top goalscorer despite being eliminated in the quarterfinals.

His amazing performance caught the eyes of Real Madrid and On 22 July 2014, James confirmed the rumors by signing a six-year contract with the Spanish club. Had a good start to his Real Madrid career, but in the current season, he has been struggling to set a strong foot in Zidane’s first team.

If the rumors are the be believed, then Manchester United are the favourite side who can settle the unsettled Columbian playmaker. Manchester United had their own sad story this term as the side was criticized for playing the worst football in their history. The side lacked in the final third in the entire campaign and according to the fans “Boring Football” is the term that could sum up their entire season.

James Rodriguez to Manchester United will surely excite the United fans. But, is the Columbian playmaker a fair deal for the club?

Manchester United had no problems in their build up play. The side has been exceptional in their passing and keeping the possession, but the attribute the side was missing was the attacking one. The Red Devils have scored just 43 goals this term and most of their victories were considered as lucky ones.

How James will fit in the squad is the first question that might strike your mind. Manchester United is full of stars, and the players are capable of playing in a variety of positions. For an instance, Daley Blind has emerged as a center back this season, but the Dutch captain can play as a left back, as a defensive midfielder and as a central midfielder. Juan Mata can be deployed on the wings and in number 10 role. Wayne Rooney is the most versatile player in the squad. So, where will James fit?

James Rodrigues is a playmaker. He can play in almost every attacking position. The young Columbian is known for his pace, his vision and his ability to create chances. In this campaign, where he was not given the enough chances, he has managed to create 55 chances for the side and recorded 7 assists to his name.

United were never short of chances, but then again, James will provide the firepower. Alongside Anthony Martial, he can be a threat to the opposition’s defense. He has the ability to react quickly in any situation and so is Martial. Both possess an excellent dribbling ability and James with his speed can easily provide United the goals they lacked this season.

No one can doubt the skills of the young Columbian and I’m pretty sure, that United fans would love to see the player in United’s jersey. I personally feel that if a player manages to play in the premier league, then he can surely make himself a quality player in the future. He still has the room for improvement and will only become sharper and mature if given enough playing time.

There is no doubt that James will have a bright future in Manchester and will surely have the first team experience. But, the point is, someone from the current squad will have to be sacrificed. James has the qualities that can guide the team for the glory, and for this, United have to drop someone from the squad.

Written by Swapnil Bhopatkar

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