The Man Utd fans in the Transfer Tavern haven’t been convinced by Juan Mata’s recent performances. He has been unable to hold down a regular first-team role, and when he has played, he hasn’t done much to convince Jose Mourinho that he deserves to stay in the side.
Of course, it must be difficult to put in a fantastic performance when you’re only getting occasional chances, but our landlord thinks that perhaps it’s time for the Spaniard to move on. At Man Utd, you need to be playing at 100% at all times, and at present, Mata simply isn’t.
The Red Devils would need to bring in a replacement were Mata to leave, though, and our landlord thinks that Monaco attacker Thomas Lemar, who is rated at £58.5 million by Transfer Markt, could be the perfect option.
Lemar burst onto the scene last season for a Monaco team that was hugely impressive over in France. Eventually winning the coveted Ligue 1 title, Lemar was a part of a crop of incredibly talented youngsters at the club. Tiemoue Bakayoko, Kylian Mbappe and Benjamin Mendy were just three of the stars that shone brightly throughout the course of the season, and whilst all three of those players left the club, Lemar stayed put.
Now, though, he’s ready for a move away, and he’d be a great Mata replacement.
An incredibly technical player, Lemar impresses when the ball is at his feet. Able to produce brilliant passes, dazzle with fantastic dribbling and shoot with finesse, the Frenchman is arguably one of Europe’s brightest young talents.
As a player, Juan Mata has been known for his assist rate above all else. At Man Utd, and particularly at Chelsea, the Spaniard has been a key source of goals. In that vein, Lemar would be a great replacement, as he has been equally adept at that this season. He bagged 10 assists last term, and he’s got 7 so far this season – and so in that sense, the Frenchman would impress.
He’s still developing, and with his incredible movement and agility, he offers more than Mata. At 29-years-old, it’s time for Man Utd to trade Mata in for a newer model, and Lemar is perfect.
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