Danny Murphy has warned Premier League teams to be especially wary of Manchester City if they get hands on Lucas Paqueta from West Ham United.
Speaking on the FIVE YouTube channel, the pundit gave his views on the prospect of the Brazilian international joining City, as it has been reported on Thursday that the deal is ‘advanced.’
While the possibility of Lucas Paqueta becoming a Manchester City player has divided opinion amongst many, Danny Murphy reckons the potential move could be a roaring success.
Danny Murphy warns Premier League teams to be especially scared if Manchester City sign Lucas Paqueta
Fabrizio Romano revealed on Wednesday that the versatile attacker ‘would love to’ sign for the treble-winners this summer.
The Italian journalist also made the claim that Pep Guardiola has ‘always been a fan’ of the 25-year-old, branded as ‘mind-boggling’ by Declan Rice (via Evening Standard).
Now, Danny Murphy has backed Lucas Paqueta to be a blockbuster hit at Manchester City, if the move comes to fruition.
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“At City? Easy!”, he initially said about the prospect of Paqueta doubling his numbers at the Etihad Stadium.
Murphy continued, “And he’s got plenty. I fear for the rest of the league if City get someone like him.”
Pep Guardiola could turn Paqueta into a monster
Unlike Danny Murphy, there have been many sceptics when it comes to judging Lucas Paqueta as a potential addition at Manchester City.
However, Pep Guardiola is perhaps the perfect coach to fine-tune the former Lyon fan favourite’s game to evolve him into the complete player.
In a much better team than West Ham and surrounded by greatness, Paqueta will be tasked to operate both as an advanced midfielder and out wide, roles where he has played before.
But to be constantly tested to showcase his versatility could unleash the ex-AC Milan attacker’s final form.
To add to that, Pep Guardiola is likely to work closely with Lucas Paqueta in terms of improving his ball retention, manner of pressing and final third runs, aspects of his game that he could still work upon to take his game to the next level.