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French Youngster Tracked

French Youngster Tracked

The grapevine has Sir Alex Ferguson, having secured the services of Wilfried Zaha, hot on the heels of another talented youngster.

Speculation sees us linked with the French U19 international centre back Kurt Zouma who is currently on the books of St Etienne.

It is thought that any serious intentions of bringing the player to Old Trafford would mean an outlay of something like £8 million.

We`ll keep you informed of any developments.

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Writer:Red Boy
Date:Friday January 25 2013
Time: 4:19PM


Zouma looks like a natural replacement for Ferdinand. A couple of years back I would've said it was Smalling but Smalling to me seems better as a more defence minded RB with Rafael the more attack minded RB. Whilst Smalling has the technical aspects to be a fine CB I don't think is aggressive or vocal enough to really play CB. Combine this with the fact that I don't think Jones' future lies in defence but more of a defensive midfielder we're only left with Vidic and Ferdinand, one's getting on whilst the other still has 4-5 years left if he can get over his injury problems. Then there's Evans who seems to me the natural successor to Vidic (though obviously not of the same quality but certainly a very underrated CB). I think the need for another natural CB is highlighted by the fact that Fergie was after Varane just a couple of years ago (perhaps suggesting what i'm saying about Smalling and Jones not destined to be CB's) and having missed out on him i would consider it likely that Fergie has got his eye out for the next best thing in the CB department.
25/01/2013 18:39:00
All in all i'm pleased with the future playing staff of the club, Fergie obviously felt the need to start futureproofing the squad and personally would say his done a wonderful job again. These next few years as well as the past couple of years have without doubt been transition years, the club are enforcing a new playing style (well the old counter-attacking one again), shipping out deadwood and bringing in younger, hungrier players with a lot of potential and while all this is going on we're still challenging on all fronts. My only concern is the academy of late isn't bringing through the quality of players you'd expect it to and those that are genuine quality, well Pogba, tend to leave (not that he was even ours really to begin with). I don't think there's a single player in the academy that looks a dead cert to go on and achieve great things, might've said Januzaj but his injury could really hinder his progression.
25/01/2013 18:46:00
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