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Why André is the ideal ‘Number 6’ for Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United?

November 15 2023
Why André is the ideal 'Number 6' for Erik ten Hag's Manchester United?

The Brazilain is a transfer target for many top clubs

In the world of football, the January transfer window always brings a flurry of excitement, anticipation, and the potential for game-changing acquisitions. One name that has been buzzing around the transfer market recently is Andre, the 22-year-old Brazilian midfielder from Fluminense.

Andre’s journey- Rising from Fluminense’s academy

Hailing from Ibirataia, Brazil, Andre’s footballing journey began when he joined Fluminense’s academy at the tender age of 12. Fast forward to the present, and he has seamlessly risen through the ranks, making his first-team debut three years ago. His progression within the club has not gone unnoticed, establishing himself as one of the most highly regarded young midfielders in the Brazilian Serie A.

At just 22, Andre has displayed a level of maturity and skill that belies his age. His performances for Fluminense have been nothing short of stellar, earning him recognition as the best player in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A in 2022, clinching the prestigious Bola de Ouro award. What sets him apart is not just his technical ability but also his tactical intelligence, a crucial trait for a player in the deep-lying midfielder role.

A debut to remember

Andre’s exceptional form at the club level catapulted him into the international spotlight, resulting in his first cap for the Brazilian national team earlier this year. This achievement is particularly noteworthy given the competition he faces from established midfielders like Lucas Paqueta, Bruno Guimaraes, and Casemiro. It’s a testament to Andre’s quality that he seamlessly fits into the Brazilian midfield conversation.

The Premier League tug-of-war: Arsenal, Liverpool, and now Manchester United

The tug-of-war for Andre’s services has seen notable Premier League clubs vying for his signature. Arsenal, Liverpool, and Fulham have all sent scouts to watch the talented midfielder ply his trade. Liverpool reportedly made a bid during the summer transfer window, but Fluminense held firm, insisting that he wouldn’t be allowed to leave until the conclusion of their domestic campaign in December.

Now, with Manchester United entering the race, the plot thickens. The Red Devils have reportedly made an approach for Andre, raising questions about the long-term future of Casemiro at Old Trafford. The competition is fierce, and the January transfer window promises to be an intriguing chapter in Andre’s burgeoning career.

The ideal number 6

In Erik ten Hag’s system, a deep-lying midfielder, often referred to as the Number 6, plays a pivotal role at the base of the central-midfield unit. This position requires a player with a unique skill set – a blend of defensive acumen, distribution prowess, and an ability to read the game. Andre fits this profile seamlessly.As a Number 6, Andre brings stability to the midfield, acting as a shield for the defense while initiating attacks with his vision and passing range. His tactical intelligence allows him to break up opposition plays and distribute the ball efficiently, qualities that align perfectly with the demands of the Premier League.

With Manchester United’s reported interest in Andre, it’s worth considering how he could slot into Erik ten Hag’s vision for the team. The Dutch manager, known for his attacking style of play, requires a midfielder who can anchor the team defensively while contributing to build-up play – a role Andre has proven himself adept at during his time at Fluminense.

In a potential 4-3-3 setup, Andre could seamlessly fill the Number 6 role, providing the defensive cover needed for the likes of Bruno Fernandes and other attacking players to flourish. His ability to read the game, make crucial interceptions, and distribute the ball accurately could be the missing piece in the puzzle for Manchester United.

As the January transfer window approaches, the race for Andre’s signature intensifies. His journey from Fluminense’s academy to the international stage showcases a player with immense potential. The interest from top Premier League clubs, including Manchester United, underscores his status as a rising star in world football.

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