Former Liverpool defender turned pundit Jamie Carragher has highlighted the main difference between Manchester United's summer signing Angel Di Maria and Arsenal's World Cup winning midfielder Mesut Ozil.
In his latest column for the Daily Mail, Carragher has suggested that Ozil will struggle to turn his poor form around, having failed to make an instant impression in England. This, of course, is much unlike Di Maria, who is already living up to his record breaking price-tag at Old Trafford.
"Both arrived here from Real Madrid, both cost astronomical fees and both men tend to operate in the same areas of the pitch," said the former Liverpool man.
"Di Maria has scored three goals in five appearances since his £59.7million switch in August and will be the headline act at The Hawthorns on Monday night. He has looked every inch a superstar and no apologies have been needed with regard to his form.
"Ozil, by contrast, finds himself enduring more frustrations this weekend. A ‘crack in his knee’ may rule him out for up to 12 weeks but, even when he returns to full fitness, I find it hard to see the German leaving his unconvincing efforts of last season behind.Arsene Wenger made me think in April when the Arsenal manager made the bold claim that Ozil, his biggest ever signing at £42m, was ‘fantastic’ and he ‘would put him on the list to be player of the season next season’."
Ozil has been widely criticised for his performances since his Premier League arrival, although we have witnessed glimpses of his quality on the odd occasion. It's fair to say he has failed to reach the heights of his Real Madrid days and this has proven a huge disappointment for the Emirates faithful.
"Look back at all the great imports to the Barclays Premier League and you will realise they were operating at near-enough full throttle from a very early stage," Carragher added. "Should a player get in rhythm straight away, however, the signs can only be positive."
He concludes his piece by suggesting that Di Maria "won’t fizzle out" after his flash start.