Edinson Cavani’s goal against Everton in the Premier League has given Manchester United fans a prospect to drool at, with the idea of him leading their line causing great excitement for a majority of the fan-base, yet some people still fail to see what the Uruguayan has to offer.
Arriving for free just before the window closed, Edinson arrived at Old Trafford with the accolade of being PSG’s all-time top scorer, as well as being Uruguay’s second all-time top scorer, ahead of the legendary Diego Forlan and only behind the infamous Luis Suarez.
Yet despite his astonishing stats for both club and country, some United fans have been left feeling empty due to the manner in which he was signed.
Many red devils felt as though it was a panic signing, with the board only going through with the transfer in an attempt to take away some of the pain inflicted from missing out on BVB star Jadon Sancho.
Despite the instant media criticism surrounding the nature of his transfer, Cavani arrived and was able to solely focus on his football.
Despite only making appearances as a substitution so far this season, the potency he brings to the starting eleven is obvious, with his world class positioning already proving unbeatable, as he nearly scored with his very first touch of the ball in a Manchester United shirt in their ever unimpressive 1-0 loss to Arsenal.
An influential figure such as Edinson Cavani will not only bring reliability on the pitch, but also off the pitch. In the dressing room, I am certain that he will be a leading figure, with his personal accolades acting as a reason for other players to show him respect. In training, Cavani could also be utilised as a mentor for some of the younger talent at the club such as Mason Greenwood and Amad Diallo to make sure they stay on the right path for the entirety of their career.
200 goals in 301 appearances for the French giants gives Manchester United fans every reason to feel excited, whether they are satisfied with the transfer or not.
Media outlets such as Sky Sports have made their opinion on the Uruguayan elite known, with well-respected pundit Roy Keane slamming him for his lazy training on the side-line against the gunners. Ole backed his summer signing by saying
“Edinson’s generally a fit man anyway and he’s getting his sharpness in training and he’s got some substitute appearances now, we haven’t managed to get him on for long enough yet to make a big impact. But he’s looking sharper and sharper in training, so it won’t be long.”
Cavani was set to prove Roy Keane wrong, scoring in his next Premier League appearance against Everton as a substitution with a calm and collected finish, backing up the point Ole made when he stated that “It won’t be long”.
Fans were quick to compare the signing with former red devils Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Radamel Falcao, with the hope that he would be able to replicate that of Zlatan, rather than Radamel.
I’m sure if Edinson Cavani could offer the kind of influence and reliability Zlatan Ibrahimovic was able to provide, everybody would be happy, and his goal against Everton provides the perfect platform for the Uruguayan to build off.