Thomas Muller has reportedly had his head turned by the incredible amount of money on offer in the Premier League. Who wouldn’t?
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Following the German international suggesting a lucrative move to England would be hard to turn down and his constant links with a move to Manchester United, plus also turning down a move to Old Trafford in the past, one question popped into my mind: would Muller improve United’s current options in attack?
The answer, on the surface and somewhat predictability from a purely playing standpoint, is yes. But the money Muller would cost (given his interest in economics, let’s discuss it), may not be worth it. Sure, if Muller, 26, arrives for a transfer fee in excess of $100 million and on wages of $500,000 per week, then that is a huge financial outlay by United but if he scores goals and builds partnerships with Memphis, Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney which helps deliver United the title or UEFA Champions League glory, he will easily pay off that hefty fee in shirt sales and sponsorship fees United would recoup. Plus, since when have United been shy of splashing the cash as they aim to get back among the big boys at home and abroad?
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Back to the question of whether or not he would actually improve United on the pitch, and you can’t help but salivate when thinking about a predatory finisher such as Muller playing alongside Rooney’s creativity and the pacey duo of Memphis and Martial providing crosses and through balls from wide positions. Many would argue that Muller would be the missing man in Louis Van Gaal‘s project, a goalscorer who can genuinely deliver at least 20 goals every season, which is something he has achieved at Bayern in each of the past three seasons, while he has scored 131 times in 315 games since LVG promoted him to the first team when he was in charge at the Allianz Arena. That factor mustn’t be overlooked either, as LVG gave Muller his big chance and the Bayern academy product has spoken in the past about how he enjoyed his soccer under the Dutch manager.
If you look at United’s options in attack right now, Rooney as the central striker clearly isn’t working with the England forward only scoring once through the opening eight games of the PL season. Memphis has been in and out of form on the left flank, while Martial is an exciting, raw young talent who cannot be expected to lead the team just yet. Juan Mata has been supporting Rooney, and even though the Spaniard has chipped in with assists and goals, you do wonder if United will be capable to blow teams away 3-0 or 4-0 this season. Of course, if Bayern do not want to sell Muller then that’s perfectly understandable. He is incredibly important to the way they attack and his composure in the final third complements the power of Robert Lewandowski perfectly. However, Muller has had a few rumored arguments with manager Pep Guardiola in the past and given his feelings towards the salaries in England, the German striker — who playing centrally or out wide has scored 31 goals in 67 games for Germany — seems to be warming up to the idea of joining the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mesut Ozil in the PL.
Let’s leave you with the words of Muller, when talking to German publication Welt am Sonntag, as he was asked about the lucrative nature of the PL for any player.
“Ultimately, we should not forget that football is our job, and that’s why people must accept that salaries play a role in our decision-making,” Muller said. “Of course, such salaries [like those in the Premier League] are tempting; to say anything else would be hypocritical.”
Would it be wide of the mark to say Muller would be the final piece of van Gaal’s three-year jigsaw at United? I’d go as far as saying that if the Red Devils manage to land him, their ascent back towards the top of the PL and Europe could be complete.