In the last few days, the media has been awash with rumours linking Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira with a move to AC Milan.
How credible those rumours are is still not yet known. However, I would like to pose a hypothetical question to you fellow Gooners. Assuming that the rumours were true and Torreira indeed departs, of course for a tidy sum, would it trouble you if we signed Wilfred Ndidi from Leicester City as his replacement?
Arsenal has been linked with Ndidi as well as Man Utd and Liverpool.
Both players are roughly the same age, Ndidi slightly younger (he turns 23 in December). In the just concluded season though, if you compare the performances of the two, Ndidi comes out the absolute winner. I am not the type that relies on stats, but rather the performances I can see with my own eyes.
He played in all the 38 league games. Unlike Torreira who somehow faded in the second half if the season, Ndidi was consistent throughout. Obviously, he is physically bigger and stronger than Torreira, so in my view more suited to the physical demands of the EPL.
In the just concluded season, in my view, Ndidi was one of (if not) the best defensive midfield players in the league. I am sure most will agree that he completely dominated the midfield against Arsenal at the tail end of the season.
Given a choice between the two, therefore, I would take Ndidi any day. Who would you prefer Gooners?