What will Bruno Martins Indi bring to Manchester United?

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Manchester United have been linked with yet another young and promising Netherlands player, this time the man being Bruno Martins Indi.

At the age of 22, Indi is touted as the “future” of the Dutch national team defense. He has already made more than 100 appearances for his childhood-club Feyenoord, while he has collected 13 caps for the national squad. He has also represted Netherlands at U17, U19 and U21 levels.

Indi is a strong, robust and versatile defender. He is predominantly a centre-back but can also be used as a left-sided full-back. He is highly rated by Loius van Gaal and rightly so.

He won a decent 61 percent of his tackles and 50 percent of his aerial duels last season. In addition, he averaged just 0.8 fouls per game. Moreover, the 22-year-old is very comfortable and confident on the ball. He averaged around 47 passes in every game last term and had a passing accuracy of 86.7 percent, which was the fourth best among all outfield players at Feyenoord.

He can also contribute towards the opposite end of the pitch, particularly during set-pieces. Not to forget, he has a stunning take-on's completion rate of 93 percent.

 

Being 187 centimeters tall and 76 kilograms in weight, Indi should have little problems in adjusting to the physicality of the Premier League. However, he could struggle against the pace and tempo of the English game and will take time to adjust to a new country and surroundings.

Which brings us to the point, is the young defender United's top priority? Not at present.

Surely, he is a talented lad and United should look to sign him. Indi is a level up on the likes of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones but with the departure of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, the Red Devils are lacking experienced in defense and that needs to be addressed first.

Van Gaal’s top priority should be a defender like Ezequil Garay and Indi should only be targeted if United want at least two defenders over the summer. A defence consisting of Rafael Da Silva, Indi, Jonny Evans, Jones, Smalling, Patrice Evra and Alexander Buttner will mean only one player will have elite-level experience.

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