Manchester United and their hypothetical midfield of the future: Some say it will contain William Carvalho and Toni Kroos, others Cesc Fabregas or Koke. But there is another player – closer to home – who is being regularly linked with a possible switch to Old Trafford.
Adam Lallana – like many of his Southampton teammates – is enjoying a season to remember. And with a potential World Cup call-up round the corner, the 25-year-old midfielder’s trajectory could be about to go sky-high.
But a trip to Brazil may not be the end of it, with United one of a few clubs said to be interested in the Saints star.
Given some of the other players linked with David Moyes’ side, Lallana’s arrival may not be greeted with the fanfare reserved for the best in the game, but his recent form suggests he could do a very good job indeed for the soon-to-be deposed champions.
That said, if it is pace and power United are after, they may be better off looking elsewhere.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, Lallana revealed his strengths and his weaknesses, and spoke about comparisons his current manager Mauricio Pochettino recently made between his skipper and a couple of Europe’s best.
“I always tried to use both feet as a young player,” Lallana said. “I’ve never been blessed with out-and-out pace or power so the technical side is a big part of my game.”
Power is certainly not something lacking in Sporting Lisbon’s William – the midfielder most regularly linked with United in recent times – but United have benefited from some “slow” but technical players in the past, players who have gone down, in some cases, as legends.
Could Lallana follow suit? Well he certainly does not think he should currently be mentioned in the same company as the likes of Andres Iniesta and Xavi, despite the feelings of his manager.
“It was a huge compliment but one that I don’t really agree with because they are elite players,” he said. “They have won championships and World Cups; they have so many medals and trophies.”
But while the World Cup could be beyond Lallana, those medals and trophies he speaks of could find their way into his future if United’s interest is as concrete as some have suggested.