United target Cuadrado outperforms Sterling, Hazard - but Robben?

In latest Manchester United transfer news the club are reportedly keen on Colombia winger Juan Cuadrado and he compares well to Liverpool and Chelsea stars.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Manchester United are prepared to pay £32 million in order to land Juan Cuadrado from Serie A side Fiorentina.

Natural wingers are heralded at Old Trafford, with successful ones heading straight to the hall of fame alongside other legendary wide players like Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, George Best, Johnny Berry and Billy Meredith.

Securing the marquee signing of Cuadrado, who has enjoyed a storming World Cup with Colombia, perhaps signifies a return to United's traditions - with wide players absorbing much of the play.

Would Cuadrado be a good fit?

  NationTouch /AppPass AccCross AccChances CreatedAssistShot AccGoalsAppsMins
Hazard Belgium 53.0 83.8% N/a 12 2 42.9% 0 4 293
Robben Netherlands 47.3 82.2% 36.8% 11 1 72.7% 3 4 360
Cuadrado Colombia 46.3 87.4% 20.0% 7 4 42.9% 1 4 306
Sterling England 39.3 88.2% N/a 1 0 N/a 0 3 182

Based on World Cup performances alone, Cuadrado outperforms other Premier League-based wingers Raheem Sterling of Liverpool and England and Eden Hazard of Chelsea and Belgium, however, with regards to attacking efficiency, only lags a touch behind Arjen Robben of Bayern Munich and the Netherlands.

Out of all four listed players, Hazard receives the most amount of touches on the football on a per game basis, with Cuadrado almost seeing as many as Robben and play going through Sterling the least.

Cuadrado's passing accuracy (87%) is superior to the Bayern man, he is successful with one of every five cross attempts and his chance creation to assist conversion rate is exceptional as he is responsible for four assists from seven key passes. He has also scored a goal - during the 4-1 rout over Japan.

Manchester United fans will get another chance to see the club's target once again as the popular South Americans take on host nation Brazil in the World Cup quarter final on Friday, July 4.

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