Can United's flop follow £20m Liverpool dud and become a hit in Florence?

Will Anderson's career trajectory follow that of Alberto Aquilani at Fiorentina after he completed a loan deal from Manchester United?

Anderson has left Manchester United, at least for now, on a loan deal to Italian outfit Fiorentina. The Brazilian, whose career at Old Trafford once looked so promising, ended in widespread criticism of his fitness, condition and form.

He struggled with injuries in the past few seasons and he has always struggled with the fitness side of the game - with often cruel but warranted questions over his, let’s say ‘physique’ aimed his way.

So can he get himself back on track at Fiorentina?

Well plenty of Premier League flops have done so - so why not Anderson?

When Brendan Rodgers arrived at Liverpool he had a cull of many names from the previous regime he inherited at Liverpool. The exit door was left open for the likes of Andy Carroll, Charlie Adam and Joe Cole - as was Italian midfielder Alberto Aquilani.

The midfielder was signed by Rafa Benitez for £20 million in 2009 but did so under something of a cloud. He was brought in as a replacement for Xabi Alonso despite his tendency to play further up the pitch not to mention an ongoing ankle problem that saw him waiting till November to make his Premier League debut.

In the end he only started nine Premier League games for the Merseyside club and spent two seasons out on loan with Juventus and AC Milan before completing a move to Fiorentina in August 2012.

Since then he has become a regular for La Viola and gone on to win back his place in the Italian national team. Like Anderson injury and fitness troubles had seen him fail in the Premier League - but in Italy he is an unadulterated success.

In fact Fiorentina currently have Borja Valero, a West Brom mishap, and Stefan Savic, whose defending was often comical at Manchester City, performing to a high level in Serie A - so it seems like the perfect sanctuary for those players no longer appreciated in the Premier League.

Now time will tell if Anderson can follow in Aquilani and co.’s footsteps - and turn his career right-side-up at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.

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