Alex Livesey/Getty Images
Alexander Büttner should have taken the more conventional, safer route and signed for one of the bigger Dutch clubs—i.e. Ajax, PSV Eindhoven or Feyenoord.
Instead, he took a calculated risk by becoming a Manchester United player.
It gives you an idea of how ambitious he is. He's not coming to United to warm the benches, he's come to force Patrice Evra out of the starting lineup.
Büttner made a wonderful first impression, albeit against a poor Wigan Athletic side.
You may have come across Manchester United scout Ed van Stijn's comments about Büttner.
He told Algemeen Dagblad (via Goal.com): "They ask you to create a top five of the best players in the league for every position. I had Büttner at number three or four on my list."
Van Stijn may have taken into consideration Büttner's habit of being caught out of position due to his attacking forays.
However, like Dani Alves, Büttner can shut down elite wingers when he wants to defend.