Liverpool yesterday announced the signing of Emre Can from Bayer Leverkusen, a deal which they agreed in principle a month ago.
Can is a 20-year-old defensive midfielder who up until a year ago was in the ranks at Bayern Munich.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers said he was delighted to wrap up the transfer, stating: "We have tracked his progress for some time and I have been impressed with his attitude and qualities when I have seen him play both in the German Bundesliga and the Champions League.
"He has many of the attributes we look for; charisma on the football pitch and courage to want the ball and make things happen."
Can played seven times in the Champions League last season, twice on the losing side against Manchester United. And fans of the Red Devils took to Twitter yesterday to mock Liverpool's deal to sign him, suggesting it was not money well spent.
I remember when Antonio Valencia destroyed Emre Can in the CL last season, when we won 4-2 and 5-0 v Leverkusen. Woeful player. #MUFC— Ryan Hunter (@MillersManiac) July 3, 2014
Emre Can was apart of the Leverkusen sides we smashed in the Champions League. Guy was the worst player I'd seen in a long time. #mufc— Serge Fagelman (@SergeFagelman) July 3, 2014
Man United Updates (@Man_Utd_Update) July 3, 2014
Judging a player on two performances, especially a 20-year-old, is certainly a rush to judgement, and the words may come back to bite the fans in coming seasons.
The 5-0 defeat Leverkusen suffered at home to United was a particularly poor game on which to judge him - for he was playing out of position at left-back.
Despite this he touched the ball 73 times during the match, more than any Leverkusen player.
Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann last night backed the belief that defensive midfield is his best position.
Emre Can a very good signing for Liverpool. Very versatile but best in defensive midfield. Good passer and a powerful boy. Should do well.— Didi Hamann (@DietmarHamann) July 3, 2014
In the game at Old Trafford, a 4-2 win for United, Can performed in his preferred position, far more strongly so.
He completed 89 per cent of his passes as opposed to 68 per cent at left-back, and was one of Leverkusen's better players, making two tackles and two interceptions.
With United lacking defensive midfielders in their squad, they may find they could do with reinforcements - and Can may just develop into the type of player they need, and flourish for their rivals.