Sir Alex Ferguson has unearthed some gems over his twenty-six years in charge of Manchester United and now he has sent scouts to find one more. With reports coming back, it has now been understood that the next talent on his way to Old Trafford comes in the shape of midfield winger James Rodriguez.
Having played his trade in Argentina and Portugal, Rodriguez has adopted a direct, play-making approach to the game which has seen him been described as the ‘Columbian Cristiano Ronaldo.’ The 21-year-old had an outstanding couple of seasons for current club Porto where he accumulated twenty-one goals out of forty-nine league games.
With Manchester United struggling to fill the massive gap left by the departure of Ronaldo to Real Madrid, Rodriguez may be the next player in line to have the potential to be one of the best players in the world. His dribbling ability as well has his competence to use both feet brings a dangerous attacking threat that can help United regain their English crown this season.
Nani appears to be cutting a peripheral figure at Old Trafford this year with Ferguson even going as far as blaming the Portuguese international for giving a goal away in the 5-4 Capital One Cup defeat at Chelsea. As the 25-year-old looks for a way out in the January transfer window, his transfer fee could free up a portion of the funds to sign Rodriguez.
As interest builds for the Columbian international, it is not only the Red Devils that have expressed their interest. Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have also indicated their desire to land the former Banfield player and it is Spain where Rodriguez sees his future. “”I’m very aware that I’m still young and have a lot to learn, but I would eventually like to play in Spain,” Rodriguez told FIFA.com.
“It’s a league that I’ve always watched – it’s different from the English League, which is very physical. The game in Spain is more about technique, and about getting more touches on the ball. That’s why I like it so much.” (Crunch Sports) With a £25m asking price, clubs will have to empty their pockets to land the future star and with United eager to buy him, they’ll have to convince the 21-year-old the Premier League is a better option.
As far as wingers go, James Rodriguez looks to be the next best thing and will be a fantastic addition to any squad. Just if he can adapt to the physicality and pressure of England’s highest division remains to be seen but in a few years, we could be looking at a world beater.