After a frantic deadline day of the summer transfer window and several big transfers in the Premier League, no one talked about Manchester United. The Reds have done their job on time and everything was spinning around the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Fernando Llorente.
Yet, on the first day of September, there was a piece of business done from Carrington – Andreas Pereira had left the club. His loan move to Valencia is the second loan move in two seasons after his spell at Granada last year. However, this should not be a regular theme in Pereira’s footballing CV. He should not become a Chelsea-style loanee.
Valencia Is A Great Opportunity
First and foremost, Valencia is a very good team. Pereira joined quite a chaotic club in recent years, but this summer seemed a lot better for Valencia fans. Brazilian Neto joined from Juventus as the new goalkeeper, Gabriel Paulista came from Arsenal and Fabian Orellana joined from Celta Vigo.
Team’s midfield is much better than last season. Valencia went about the market almost without paying anything – Goncalo Guedes and Geoffrey Kondogbia also came on loan while Nemanja Maksimovic’s contract with Astana expired. The centre-back Jeison Murillo is another loanee, while only Simone Zaza’s transfer from West Ham seems odd and unconvincing.
This should be a good environment for Pereira, fighting for his place in a team which could finally go on an upwards trajectory in La Liga this season.
Pros And Cons Of Playing In La Liga
Many Manchester United fans were worried why Pereira left England to play in Spain once again. Wouldn’t he be better off playing in Premier League, adjusting to the style of play in this league?
Not everything is black and white. Manchester United could have been against letting Pereira play for another Premier League rival, but La Liga should not be underestimated as well. If given enough play time at Valencia, Pereira will face rivals like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla and Villarreal.
Though he might not play on a wet Tuesday night at the Hawthorns or in Stoke, Pereira will play in one of the, if not the best league in the world. Yes, the league is different but Valencia will be in all kinds of situations this season. They will have to win many matches against smaller sides, but also fight very hard against bigger teams. With a greater role in the team, Pereira really could improve significantly.
Next Season Is The Best Chance For Pereira
It is simple. Andreas Pereira does not want to be a player going out on loans every single year. That is why he signed for Manchester United. That is also why this year he must show everything he has got so far. Next season he will want to stay in Manchester and have his role in the team.
For players like Pereira is never easy to establish themselves from a young age at the top club. Yet, in 12 months’ time he will be 23, eager to play in Premier League. If not, he will only become a Chelsea-style signing.
That would be a big hit for Pereira. It is why the year at Valencia must turn out well. Pereira does not have the time to go around Europe on loans. He wants to make it at Manchester United.