Manchester United wasted no time kicking off their summer spending, signing Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw in quick succession.
For the Spanish midfielder, it was a case of finally securing the move that had been touted 12 months earlier, with contrasting reports regarding why United failed to secure the Athletic Bilbao star under former manager David Moyes.
Whatever the reason, United now have their man, and at 24, Herrera has the potential to grow into a fan favourite at Old Trafford; a hero almost before he has played simply because he is a quality new midfielder – with such a transfer something United fans have not seen for quite some time.
But aside from all the obvious information regarding the midfielder, what else do United fans need to know about him?
In our latest addition of a new feature here at HITC, we take a look at the numbers behind the player United reportedly spent around £30million on.
214 – The number of club appearances Herrera has made to date. The player began his career at Real Zaragoza, where he made 86 appearances. From there he moved to Bilbao and featured 128 times before completing his switch to United.
17 – The number of club goals Herrera has scored to date. For those United fans expecting a free-scoring midfielder the 24-year-old is not that man. In 15,462 minutes of football he has found the net less than 20 times. However, last season he scored five of those goals, suggesting he is growing into a more accomplished finisher.
5 – The number of times Herrera has been sent off in his career. However, he did not see red at all last season, again suggesting he is growing into exactly the type of player United need. He will have to get used to the English game quickly, but it appears the rashness of his earlier game has been lost. In the 2012/2013 season, Herrera was sent off in consecutive appearances, something he will not want to replicate.
0 – The number of major club trophies Herrera has won so far in his career. He did enjoy promotion with Zaragoza from the Segunda Division in 2009, but that was runners-up; and he is yet to taste victory in a major competition, also finishing as a runner-up with Bilbao in the Europa League three years later.
All statistics from transfermarkt.com