Italian football expert Adrien Rabiot’s assessment is overwhelming
Italian football expert Mina Rzouki has given a damning assessment of Adrien Rabiot’s qualities as Manchester United bid for the midfielder from Juventus.
United and juve have a deal in place for the 27-year-old, who moved to Turin from Paris Saint-Germain in 2019.
By fabrice romano, Man Utd are currently discussing personal terms with Rabiot and the player’s mother/agent, Véronique. Erik ten Hag also spoke to Rabiot by phone on Monday.
According to Julien Laurens, Ten Hag believes Rabiot can improve United, while the player is believed to be keen on a move to Old Trafford.
But after a summer of hunting Barcelona Frankie de Jong, many United fans seem disappointed with the potential transfer.
Statman Dave revealed on Twitter that Rabiot was among the 12% lowest midfielders in Europe last season for progressive passing.
Another chart shown on Sky Sports, meanwhile, showed the much-maligned Scott McTominay has outperformed Rabiot in passing, passing completion, progressive passing and progressive carrying since August 2021.
🔴 Rabiot vs McTominay – per 90 minutes since August 2021
🇬🇧 83% – 𝗣𝗮𝘀𝘀 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 – 85%
🇬🇧 2.49 – 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗽𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗲𝘀 – 3.62
🇬🇧 4.75 – 4.81 – 4.81 pic.twitter.com/elZ2ZSdjom
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) August 8, 2022
What did Mina Rzouki say about Adrien Rabiot?
Then, on Tuesday, Rzouki was asked if she was surprised that Man Utd were looking at Rabiot, who has one year left on his contract with Juventus, to solve his midfield problems.
She replied: “Well, especially if he is seen as the solution to this midfield then I would be very surprised because I haven’t really understood what he is good at yet.
“I think he can be a complementary figure to what can be a very good midfielder, but I wouldn’t put him in a midfielder who is struggling to find his identity or who isn’t already working in a cohesive unit. .
“He’s not dynamic, he’s not particularly quick, his defensive marks can be a bit off and he hasn’t really excelled at Juventus.
“And yet he is still Didier Deschamps’ choice in France and as far as [Massimiliano] Allegri, he was always noted in the starting lineup, so we know the coaches love him.
“But I find it hard to really understand because I rarely watched him at Juventus and thought: ‘Wow, what a great player’.”
🗣️ “I haven’t really understood what he excels at yet.”
Italian football expert Mina Rzouki analyzes Manchester United transfer to Adrien Rabiot 📝 pic.twitter.com/GlyExfH56s
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) August 9, 2022
A damning assessment of Rabiot’s playing ability and comments that are likely to leave United fans even more disappointed with the Frenchman’s potential arrival.
But Ten Hag clearly has a very different view of the France international, who will cost Man Utd €20m, according to Athletic’s Laurie Whitwell.
United have, however, ended their pursuit of 33-year-old striker Marko Arnautovic.
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