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Rife rumours regarding Luka replacement, require research.
Little Portugese midfielder Joao Moutinho has been linked with a variety of Premier League clubs ever since his talents became apparent at this year’s European Championships.
Having featured in all of Portugal’s games, eclipsing the performances of his high profile teammates, including Ronaldo and Nani, Porto’s playmaker is attracting interest from Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.
AVB will know all about Moutinho, who featured regularly during his record-breaking tenure at Porto. Having been on the radar of several European clubs for years, he has proved in this year’s Euros that he has the talent to mix it amongst the cream of Europe.
His stock is higher than ever, and at 25, now seems like a good time for him to move. From AVB’s perpsective, it’s a shame he had such a good tournament, attracting the interest of Alex Ferguson – who seems resigned to losing the battle for Luca Modric to Real Madrid.
Spurs will face stiff competition for his signature, although the lure of London’s bright lights, and the opportunity to be reunited with the manager that brought such outstanding success to Porto, will make the decision a difficult one for Moutinho.
Spurs themselves, of course, are looking for somebody to replace Luca Modric. Although the two players are different in their general approach, is is not too big a stretch to compare their statistics from Euro 2012 to see Moutinho’s suitability to fill the large hole the Croat would leave.
Modric is the archetypal 21st century playmaker. Playing within the midfield and not ahead of it, he weaves and jinks between defensive lines, creating opportunities with incisive passing and excellent ball control in tight spaces.
Moutinho plays slightly deeper (or at least he did at Euro 2012) and is more tenacious and hard-working than the Madrid-bound man. Although his passing is fast and neat, his work is not necessarily in making the key passes, but helping create opportunities for his teammates by working tirelessly to constantly make himself available.
Both players played in all of their side’s games, meaning Modric made 3 appearances and Moutinho made 5. Moutinho averaged 46 passes per game with an 86.5% success rate; Modric 48.7 passes per game, with a success rate of 85.6%. The Portugal midfielder made 2 key passes per game, with Modric making 0.7.
Obviously these statistics show nothing in themselves; there are various factors in a match, individually and in terms of the team as a whole, that cannot be reflected in these numbers. They do however suggest a similar influence on proceedings, perhaps indicating Moutinho’s ability to fill the space left by Modric. Moutinho did, after all, make more passes than any other Portugal player, and completed a higher percentage than any other.
Many would agree he would make a great signing for Spurs, but whether they can capture him before anybody else does is not a foregone conclusion.
This would be a superb replacement for either Luka of VDV IMO. I have concerns regarding Manure's interest, what would it prove if Joao came to us over Manure? That AVB has brought the ability to sign quality European players? or feck all?!
- 1 Reply to patrix
Ha ha ha ha-
To be fair though Patrix, the first five players on that list are, well.....not good enough, even two years ago.
Moutinho and Veloso have been held in high regard for some time and were both heavily linked with the Chavs in the Maureens days. Both would improve our team and IMO Moutinho could do the Luka job perfectly, sadly I think its unlikely- £25mil is probably a fair price for him, but that would be our all time transfer record, I can't seem Levy coughing that up. What with Manure and a handful of other teams interested, I can't see how we can compete for his signature.
Still, I'd love to be wrong.
I could see VDV/Sig being used in Luka's spot, possibly even play Sandro and Parker in CM, IMO Sandro could be one of the best CM's in the league if he's used right, what with a portugeezer coaching him now, he may just explode!
We will see!
I dont know a whole lot about Moutinho if modric did stay and we signed him anyway surely that would mean Hudds or Sandro moving on to get first team football or us changing our shape to fit him in.
Maybe someone can tell me where does he play i know he is a midfielder is he a central player? can he play wide? can he play as a holding midfielder? or play behind the front men like luka can?
- 1 Reply to Berkshire Yid
I don't know much about Moutinho, but I did just read that Spurs have given up hope in signing him. It seems anything below £25Million (I think Levy/AVB offered between 16-18M) for an attacking midfielder is deemed derisory. But then I guess if we're valueing Modric at £30M+, Levy can hardly complain.
If we cannot get a decent replacement for Modric, it's going to be interesting to see how much we're risking on pinning our hopes on Sig and VdV in that hole in midfield.