Strootman ruled best midfielder in Europe: van Gaal act now!

A study has confirmed the qualities of the reported Manchester United target, crowning him Europe's best midfielder.

Kevin Strootman was on Manchester United's radar long before he moved to Roma last summer. But following the appointment of the player's international coach Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford, those reports have gone into overdrive.

Van Gaal is renowned for getting the best out of young players and is very familiar with Strootman's myriad qualities, what the fans probably didn't realise is just how effective and influential the 24-year-old the midfielder is.

Well, here are the facts to prove it, United fans.

A Bloomberg Sport study has confirmed the combative Roma midfielder as the fifth most influential player in the whole of Europe.

Bloomberg Sport analysed every game in the English, Italian, French, Spanish and German top flights and results – known as the 2014 'Power 50' rankings – have confirmed that only Liverpool's Luis Suarez, Barcelona's Lionel Messi, PSG's Zlatan Ibrahimovich and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo have had more impact this season.

According to Bloomberg the study takes into account both the attacking and defensive responsibilities of each player and also the strength of the opposition, to produce the most in-depth and scientifically-advanced index on the continent.

Strootman was the highest placed midfielder on the list.

The Dutchman currently operates in the balancing midfield role at Roma, the considered link between the defensively-minded Daniele De Rossi and the attacking Miralem Pjanic and, after slipping through United's fingers last summer, has quickly developed into one of the continent's best midfielders.

Van Gaal will not make the same mistakes as David Moyes and the club will surely now back a massive bid to prise Strootman away form the Italian capital.

United can promise higher wages, Old Trafford's beguiling history and atmosphere, an integral midfield role at one of the biggest clubs in the world and now a world-class coach from Strootman's homeland who knows him personally and tactically.

Of all the Holland players linked with United – Old Trafford's impending "Dutch revolution" – Strootman is the most complete and the Bloomberg Sport study rubber-stamps it.

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