The Mirror are reporting that Sir Alex Ferguson is considering a £14 million bid for Dutch international midfielder Kevin Strootman, and its easy to see why. After being blighted by injuries in the central midfield area last season United at times looked slightly short of options especially when it comes to the role of defensive midfielder.
Darren Fletcher’s health continues to be a worry for United and a long term alternative needs to be considered. While Strootman is far from the Keane Mark II the Mirror article wishes to portray the PSV man as the 22 year old does posses the necessary qualities to operate in a deeper role than the other midfield options available to Sir Alex.
The Dutchman looks strong enough to meet the physical challenges of English football and has a large passing range to accurately distribute the ball to United’s more creative players.
The signing of Strootman would also allow Micheal Carrick to operate in a more advanced role and hopefully, for the reds, allow him more opportunity to create chances and provide assists for the front players. At 22 Strootman would also fit United’s recent policy of signing players in the relatively early stages of their career ready to mould them into both the United way of playing and culture.
What is certain is that with Scholes in the final year of his career and question marks over the continuation of Darren Fletcher’s career more quality midfield options are required if United are to continue challenging for the game’s top honours both at domestic and European level.