It’s clear for all to see when watching Manchester United this season that they’re in determined need of a new striker to lead their attacking line.
Edinson Cavani is 34 years previous with a contract that expires this summer time, though United have the choice to prolong it by a yr, whereas Anthony Martial has seemingly taken a yr off from scoring targets.
That has seen the Red Devils linked with an abundance of attacking gamers, together with Portuguese worldwide Andre Silva. The Eintracht Frankfurt striker is at the moment solely behind Robert Lewandowski within the race for the Kicker-Torjägerkanone, having scored 18 targets in 20 video games thus far this season.
Silva has been having a nice season at Frankfurt this yr | Alex Grimm/Getty Images
Reports counsel that the 25-year-old could possibly be accessible for round €30m and with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer eager to bolster his squad in a number of positions this summer time, a cheaper possibility may assist the membership to do this.
With that stated although, Silva could be a signing that stinks of a stop-gap.
Despite his wonderful type over the past 18 months, his profession hasn’t been all brilliant lights and butterflies. After shining at Porto, a large cash transfer to AC Milan was anticipated to be the catalyst for a profession that at one level had him touted as Portugal’s reply to targets post-Ronaldo.
After simply ten targets in 41 video games for the membership, with solely two in Serie A, he was allowed to depart San Siro and joined Sevilla on mortgage for a yr.
Silva struggled badly in Serie A with AC Milan | Marco Luzzani/Getty Images
It was hoped that in La Liga he would ready to get again on monitor, however he scored 11 targets in 40 video games for the Spanish facet earlier than the membership opted in opposition to turning his switch everlasting. Then got here the transfer to Frankfurt, the place he has managed to get again on monitor.
A cell goal man, Silva has a unbelievable physique and makes use of his physique and power effectively when battling opposition defenders. He has respectable tempo, is a good finisher with each toes contained in the field and might compete aerially too. A complete bundle, so the signing is sensible proper? Wrong.
His spells because the primary striker at a membership not named Porto have seen him battle previously. When you examine his attributes to these already at United, they in all probability do not match up in the identical approach as they do once you have a look at them on their very own.
He’s not a higher finisher than Martial, Cavani and even Mason Greenwood, his motion is not any sharper, he is not as fast and customarily is not a higher footballer than any of them. While the present model of Martial is undoubtedly not up to the usual, we have seen previously that he is greater than able to greater than what he is displaying proper now.
Anthony Martial has been poor this season however his performances beforehand have confirmed that he has obtained the extent required if wanted | Pool/Getty Images
Unless the signing is a important improve on present choices, there is not a lot level making it. United need a prime degree striker, not somebody who is a new identify however can play to the identical degree of the present choices.
If a prime striker like Erling Haaland is unattainable this season, most United followers would a lot relatively see Cavani’s deal prolonged for a yr with the hope that Martial can attain his earlier degree or that Greenwood can step up to the plate in his favoured central striker position.
Silva is a good striker who is having a fantastic profession in Europe, however he is on the proper degree proper now. The Bundesliga is a breeding floor for excellent objective data for strikers, so let Silva keep there and impress.
If it is not a striker from the highest drawer, the United ought to go. Silva included.