Manchester United’s improved form in the latter half of this season looks likely to see Louis Van Gaal rewarded with a sizeable transfer budget this summer, and reports suggest that Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Patrick Herrmann is high on the Dutchman’s list of targets.
Is the young German the right buy for the Manchester side?
One downside of United’s season has been the struggle of their ageing strike force to find the net. Wayne Rooney’s goal return has improved markedly of late, but robin Van Persie and Radamel Falcao have struggled for form and fitness all season long.
Hermann could help alleviate this lack of goals from deep. The midfielder is an accomplished finisher, and his goal tally stands at an impressive 13 for the season.
Ed Woodward has overseen some truly questionable transfer deals since the start of his tenure (27m for Luke Shaw, anyone?). With this in mind, the United chief executive and the rest of the Old Trafford
Hierarchy will be looking to spend a little more conscientiously this summer. Herrmann, at a reported transfer fee of £10.8m, would represent a low-cost option for them.
At just 24 years old and with a fast-rising profile, Herrmann has potential to improve, and is indicative of the type of player that United should seek to bring in to take advantage of Louis Van Gaal’s famed youth-development skills.
So, the German international midfielder has an eye for goal, is available at a reasonable price, and has considerable potential to improve.
For these reasons, a summer move to bring him to Old Trafford would look like a clever piece of business for United, should it materialise.