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Perhaps the most logical reason to chase a particular transfer is because the signing in question has something that your team doesn’t, and having that “thing” would dramatically increase your chances of success.
In the bluntest terms possible, Kevin Strootman brings something to the Manchester United squad that they aren’t quite fortunate enough to boast of already and would appear to be in desperate need of.
With 15 Holland international caps to his name, the PSV playmaker is already making waves on a global scale and has established himself as one of Europe’s most versatile central talents in a nation famed for its youth development.
Capable of playing as a defensive midfielder, advanced playmaker or anchorman, Strootman has contributed to both club and country with seven goals and seven assists across all competitions this season.
Looking at the Red Devils’ central ranks, one can see that the assets of Tom Cleverley, Michael Carrick, Anderson, Paul Scholes, Nick Powell and others all hold a certain amount of pedigree to have even had a Manchester United career at all.
That being said, the aforementioned players are all inclined to playing in very specific areas of the pitch. In that essence, Strootman is a far more malleable character, one who can play just about anywhere between the defence and attacking line.
The box-to-box midfielder is a role that has withered in recent years but is gradually making its movement back into the sport’s limelight, a movement of which Strootman is at the forefront.