According to a report from European outlet Le10Sport, Manchester United have joined the race to sign in-form Watford defender Christian Kabasele along with fellow Premier League clubs Arsenal, West Ham and Newcastle – with his potential acquisition debatably being somewhat justified despite his low profile.
Kabasele, who was a ‘shining light’ for the struggling Hornets during their dire start to the campaign, has been gathering interest from potential suitors who could look to bargain off the Belgian’s fine form – with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, at least according to this report, being one of them.
Although the 28-year-old is battling towards the wrong end of the league. Kabasele has a surprisingly solid set of statistics backing up why United should potentially swoop for him. According to numbers via WhoScored.com, the centre-back seems superior to current defensive favourite Victor Lindelof in many aspects, with the Belgium international averaging more tackles per game and almost double the number of clearances.
While numbers don’t tell the whole story, Kabasele also has glowing past endorsements courtesy of former Hornets boss Marco Silva – with the Portuguese gaffer hyping up his former player in an interview with the Watford Observer back in 2017, stating:
“He’s a boy who likes to work and to learn. It’s a different style of defending what we’re doing this year in the team; different ideas too,” claimed the ex-Everton manager.
“He understands well and he’s one boy with very good skills as well to improve – I believe.”
Keeping this in mind, and the potentially cheap fee, it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that Kabasele could be a welcome addition to this United side as a potentially underrated bargain back-up. He has also managed to register an assist this campaign and an impressive 74% pass success rate when taking into account he plies his trade for one of the lowest-performing sides in the league.
In years gone by, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has proven that shopping towards the bottom of the Premier League can reap rewards by moving for players such as Xherdan Shaqiri, Gini Wijnaldum and Andy Robertson, so there is certainly a precedent for things like this to work.
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