Alexis Sanchez, Thomas Muller, Arjen Robben, Lionel Messi. All have shone in this World Cup but there has been one player who has proven to be a standout – James Rodriguez.
Prior to the tournament, many thought that Colombia would falter without star man Falcao but the double team of Rodriguez and Jackson Martinez, who were once at Porto together, has inspired Columbia to the quarter-finals, where they will now face a Brazil side which is blowing hot and cold.
Rodriguez has inspired Colombia at the World Cup with five goals in four matches. Without doubt, he has been the star of their team so far and his first goal against Uruguay, coupled with his fantastic finish against Japan, highlighted what a special talent he is.
Rodriguez moved to AS Monaco last summer for €45m but thanks to his performances out in Brazil, his value has dramatically increased, just like his burgeoning reputation has.
At just 22, Rodriguez has shown he is capable of changing games on the biggest stage in the blink of an eye, much like Cristiano Ronaldo has done so often in his career, and if Manchester United really are throwing caution to the wind with money this summer, then somebody of Rodriguez’s talent can’t be overlooked.
He’d be an outstanding signing for United this summer. If money really was no option, it would be crazy for United to not consider trying to sign him. A versatile attacker who is comfortable with both feet across all positions up front is somebody who could add so much depth and quality to United’s current options and at just 22, he would only get better with time at Old Trafford, a trait which is synonymous with our best players over the years.
Rodriguez has said he fancies a move to Spain but conversely, Sky Bet currently have United down as favourites to sign Rodriguez, something which plenty of United fans will be hoping that turns out to be true.
There are plenty of other positions that United need to strengthen before looking at bringing in another attacker but if this is the summer where we really invest in players who will help shape the squad for the next decade, then Rodriguez, a player who has the ability to follow in Ronaldo’s footsteps, is someone Ed Woodward should consider going all out to sign.