Atletico Madrid superstar Koke is the player Manchester United need to lead them back to glory. Sir Alex Ferguson left David Moyes a pretty decent squad, but one that is desperately short in midfield. Moyes has had a hard time in his first season finding balance in his fragile midfield that only includes one world-class player in Michael Carrick. Carrick has been out with injury as of late, and it may have cost United the season because they lost two straight games.
Moyes has been so conscious of this that he bought Marouane Fellaini from former club Everton and tried very hard to add Ander Herrera, Thiago Alcantara and Cesc Fabregas, all with no luck. These are hard times at United and no star players will want to join Moyes’ sinking ship any time soon. The crisis seems so bad that he is considering bringing back a couple of midfielders who are on loan, most notably Nick Powell, who is currently at Wigan.
Even though Powell will no doubt be one of England‘s best midfielders, he is still not ripe enough and should be allowed to mature at Wigan for at least another six months. The ideal man to marshal United’s midfield is Koke, who is dubbed the new “Xavi”. He is strong, agile and supremely confident on the ball, reminiscent of a young and up-and-coming Paul Scholes.
It will take at least €35 million to pry him away from Atletico, who are currently tied with FC Barcelona atop La Liga and have progressed to the next round of the Champions League. Money should not be an issue as the Glazers have promised Moyes at least €50 million to spend this winter.
The question on everyone’s mind is: will Koke jump ship in a World Cup year? He should take a risk and try to force his way into Spain’s travelling party by saving United’s pathetic season and proving that he is as world-class as everyone at Altetico believes.