Yesterday rumours started that Dimitar Berbatov was going to be sold to Paris St Germain for a reported £10million in the next couple of weeks as apparently Sir Alex Ferguson had had enough of our no.9’s languid style at Old Trafford.
There have been lots of rumours about Berba leaving Old Trafford ever since he completed his first season at us back in 2008/09. A wide number of clubs from Juventus, Sevilla, Bayern Munich, AC Milan and even two of his former clubs in Bayern Leverkusen and Spurs have all rumoured to have shown an interest in signing our Bulgarian.
Berba rightly or wrongly is a player that has fans divided so to speak. Some even after his season last year where he was our top scorer claim that we’d be better off without him and that our form towards the end of the season when Javier Hernandez was partnering Wayne Rooney was so good that should be our first choice strike pair next season.
Whilst Chicharito ended the year well for us by playing in the big-games, Berba’s form at the start of the season was great for us and he did score some important goals along the way that proved pivotal in the title race with his 2 against Blackpool standing out like a sore thumb.
Of course there are alot of fans who want him to stay at us and that after his performances last season he deserves to remain at the club and continue where he left off from last season where his all-round play (tracking back, winning the ball, hold-up play) was noticeably improved from his first two seasons at the club.
I have to admit in the past that I wasn’t a fan of Berba and perhaps unfairly criticised him for our failure to win the League in 2009/10 when in the absence of Rooney towards the end, he failed to lead the line and contribute towards the end of the season.
Last season he obviously gained a lot of confidence at the start of the season which carried him well into the season. Whilst of course he’s struggled to get goals for us in Europe with his last goals in Europe coming for us in 2009 at home against Celtic (which is a puzzling stat) it would be somewhat of a risk to get rid of him.
Why? Because although we can go and sign top strikers, Berba’s a good option for us as the big-man up top and there aren’t too many top class strikers of this type around. The only two that I can think of at the moment who could do well for us would be Napoli’s Edinson Cavani and Athletic Bilbao’s Fernando Llorente.
Both of those guys are good strikers who on the face of it would do well in England, but as we’ve seen in the past it’s not a given that guys from abroad hit the ground running in their first season and we would have to spend an awful lot to get them.
I am not saying I would oppose either Cavani or Llorente at Old Trafford, but for now I’d stick with Berba and give him one more year at least to prove his worth. Yes he might have tailed off towards the end of the season, but to get rid of the Premier League’s joint top goal scorer might not be a great idea.
Then again if Sir Alex were to decide that Berba is surplus to requirements at Old Trafford, then you’d have to trust his decision. Why do you get the feeling that Berba’s exit is just going to be one of those ongoing transfer rumours of the summer?
By Adam Dennehey – @ADennehey87