Manchester United outcast Federico Macheda - VfB Stuttgart or Elche CF?

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The Italian is reportedly set to join one of these two teams on loan for the rest of the season. We assess which club would be the best fit for the 21-year-old.

When Italian striker Federico Macheda bust onto the scene in 2009 it looked like the start of a great and prosperous career for the Italian at Old Trafford. After scoring eight goals in eight games for the reserves he was given a promotion to the first team and thrown in to the mix as an act of desperation by Sir Alex Ferguson when his side found themselves 2-1 down with half hour left against Aston Villa.

After Cristiano Ronaldo equalised Macheda won the game for The Red Devils with a curling effort in one of the Premier League’s great moments.

Since then the amazing progression that was expected has not materialised and the 21-year-old has only had League Cup ties and Champions League dead rubbers to prove his worth. A loan-spell at Sampdoria was an unmitigated disaster while little positive could be said about a similar stint at QPR.

Now the Roman is set to be sent out on loan again this month with two clubs believed to be in the hunt for his signature.

Reports last Friday attributed Stuttgart director Fredi Bobic with an interest in the player and those reports have picked up momentum over the weekend. Meanwhile it has also been rumoured in France that a deal that will see Macheda playing the rest of his season with Segunda Liga high-flyers Elche is practically signed, sealed and delivered.

So where would be the best location for the Italian?

Elche

The Valencian club are having a great season; sitting at the summit of Segunda Liga and pushing hard for promotion to La Liga. In terms of competition for places there is little doubt that the club could use another striker. At the moment they have three front-line strikers but use Linares spapringly while Carles Gil is more of an attacking midfielder than a striker. In terms of someone of Macheda’s talents they may indeed be lacking so he would get plenty of playing time.

In terms of Italian speakers to befriend he may struggle on that front but he should be able to get by on English. The side have just signed Spanish under-21 international Aaron Niguez who spent a year with Rangers in 2008-09 and are 11 points clear at the top of the league so ambition is high and Macheda may see this as a perfect long-term opportunity.

Stuttgart

The German side are struggling for goals with Vedad Ibisevic suspended and Shinji Okazaki performing poorly this season and have reportedly viewed Macheda as a cheap solution for a while now. Competition for places would still come from the likes of Martin Harnik and Cacau but playing for a mid-table team in Bundesliga may be a better standard of football then at Elche.

He would also have compatriotism in the form of former Juventus full-back Cristian Molinaro and Swiss born Italian-speaking Serb Zdravko Kuzmanovic. Certainly this is the more high profile option but first-team football may be harder to come by.

In our opinion a move to Elche seems a good fit. They need a striker and he could play a part in the clubs first promotion to La Liga since 1988.

Where do you think Macheda should go?

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