Manchester United wish to signal a centre again on the proviso that they will offload one of many six they presently have on the books.
On the proof of final season’s abysmal defensive show, that centre again will want to have the ability to stake a declare for a beginning spot and on this three-part sequence, we’ll have a look at three choices who’ve been linked with the membership.
The Folks’s Individual beforehand argued that Lisandro Martinez makes extra sense for United as a Summer season 2022 signing than Jurrien Timber, with a big purpose being that the present squad doesn’t possess a single left-footed possibility within the coronary heart of defence.
As such, this sequence will have a look at the three left-footed central defenders who’ve been most prominently rumoured to be on the radar of latest boss Erik ten Hag.
Together with just a few insights and observations, we will likely be utilizing statistics obtained from Squawka (who use Opta knowledge to match gamers throughout the large seven European Leagues) to see how the switch targets stack up in opposition to each other, beginning in Half One with Pau Torres.
The Villareal man actually has the look of a sublime defender, assured in enjoying out from the again and relaxed below stress.
The 25-year-old Spaniard has been watched by Manchester United for various years now, and his performances in Villareal’s unlikely run to the Champions League semi-final could have completed nothing to quash the membership’s curiosity.
Taking a look at his La Liga statistics will solely pique it additional, with Torres finishing 0.8 take-ons per 90’ at an unbelievable success price of 89.29%
It is a participant who’s neither afraid of a dribble, nor something aside from high class at it amongst defenders. For reference, he accomplished 4 occasions as many dribbles per 90’ than Harry Maguire – recognized to take pleasure in a foray upfield – managed final season, and with a significantly increased price of success.
Defensively, Pau Torres is a grasp at protecting house, with successful price of 71.57% in his floor duels and 6.1 ball recoveries per sport final season.
These numbers don’t simply dwarf these of each Manchester United centre again final season, they’re additionally significantly higher than these of Raphael Varane’s final season for Actual Madrid.
The place Torres does battle, nevertheless, is in his aerial sport.
Regardless of standing at 6’2” he succeeded in simply 59.79% of his aerial duels final marketing campaign – worse than Victor Lindelof at United.
In actual fact, it’s even worse than Sevilla defender Jules Kounde in the identical division, who stands 5 inches shorter than Torres.
This solely goes to demonstrates that peak will not be the “be-all, end-all” when combating for headers, and in Half Two, we’ll check out one other goal who reveals simply that.