Here’s a simple, provocative question – which Brazilian midfielder is better, Manchester United’s Anderson or Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva? Both players have been in the Premier League for over three years and despite both showing potential on occasions, have yet to really prove themselves.
Of course, both players play different roles for their team – Anderson is granted more freedom and is known for his galloping runs forward, whilst Lucas is supposed to be a holding player. As such, the comparison between the two players is not entirely straight forward. The question I’d ask therefore, is which player has the most potential to fulfil within their given role at their club and what are the chances of them actually fulfilling this potential?
Despite an unexceptional start to his Liverpool career, Lucas has evolved into a defensive midfielder with some ability. Admittedly, his displays are generally unflashy, but he does have a knack for getting the job done with the minimal of fuss. I think it’s fair to say that he’s been one of Liverpool’s better players this season.
Anderson is a player with the tendency to frustrate and delight in equal measure. He’s utilised at Manchester United as a box-to-box midfielder. His runs are often breath-taking but all-too-often lack in end product. Quite simply, he hasn’t scored enough goals at United. Despite this, when Anderson has played this season, he has, on occasion, looked very good indeed.
I’d say that Anderson has more talent than Lucas but given his rather injury-prone nature, may never fully utilise this talent. I’d love to see a fully-fit Anderson get a consistent run of games in this Manchester United side. Should that happen I genuinely believe he’ll get better game-to-game and become a force in the Premier League. All the basics are there, he just needs to stay fit.
So, Anderson has more potential, but who would I rather have in my squad? The answer to that question is Lucas. He doesn’t suffer from Anderson’s inconsistency and isn’t as injury prone, plays a vital role in the centre of midfield and does what he’s told to do without any problems. What Lucas lacks in creativity he makes up for by not being afraid to get stuck in and boss the centre of midfield.
Of course, I doubt that any Manchester United fan would swap Anderson for Lucas and vice versa for Liverpool fans. Objectively, however, whilst I accept that Anderson has better potential, it’s Lucas who has more worth as a squad player.
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