Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Gabriel Heinze

Sir Alex Ferguson's purchase of left-back Gabriel Heinze is proving a great move indeed. Manchester United signed him away from Paris Saint-Germain at the start of the season he has stepped right into the left side of defense and was right on the pace.

At 26, the Patagonian born defender has moved up from club to club: Real Valladolid and Sporting Lisbon, PSG and now in England.

Heinze adapted immediately to the pace of English football. He’s especially good at attacking from the flanks and doesn’t seem too bothered by level of talent either; I’ve only seen him skinned a few times so far and he regularly takes the ball away from quick players. Added to that he has good feet and crosses well, the only improvement needed is a tendency to take risks with the ball in his own half. That’s coach-able.

Manchester United seems to have found a long term solution to their left back position. Gabriel Heinze is a energetic, smart and talented player and deserves a spot in the Argentinian side for the 2006 W Cup.

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