Andreas Pereira: Valencia spell a sucess?
We sat down with Spanish Football expert David Cartlidge (@davidjaca) to discuss how Manchester United loanee Andres Pereira has got on at Valenica....
How has Pereira settled at Valencia?
He settled well, and as expected integrated into the group and become an important squad member. Given his previous time in Spain the culture wasn’t a problem and generally speaking he’s a popular part of the group.
Has it been a successful loan spell?
I’d say the verdict is still out and we need to see how strongly he finishes the season. I don’t think Pereira has reached expectations in a way, nor featured as much as he would’ve liked. He’s had a few good spells, then others when he’s been on the periphery.
Has he improved from the player we saw at Granada?
I believe so. Playing with Valencia comes with more expectations and Pereira has seen he’s had to step up. He’s learned a lot more under a better coach, group of players and facilities/level of play etc.
Is it clear where his best position is?
He’s still best coming off the right wing in an interior role. There he has license to drift inside, associate with the midfield and attack, as well as show off his individual skills.
Would Valencia be interested in signing him on a permanent deal? If so, in your opinion would the player be keen on the move?
I’d be surprised at this stage if Valencia were to pursue a permanent move. The priority of the club is to secure the Geoffrey Kondogbia and Goncalo Guedes loans. Both key first team players, in the XI every week. I think we can also say he’s not convinced enough to be deemed a required purchase. As things stand I believe Pereira will be heading back to Manchester United, with an outside chance of a second season loan.
What could he bring to Mourinho's United team next season?
He’s a different option on the right hand side of midfield. Someone that can form part of the squad, and come in when defences need breaking down. He’s shown excellent ability with his cross for instance, while his dribbling is impressive too.
Has he shown he can play at the highest level?
No, not yet. I don’t think to a sufficient amount he has shown he has what it takes to be a top player. Now, he’s still young and there is time, with his flaws quite clear then they can be worked on and improvements be made. He’s still too raw in places and I can only imagine how much certain aspects of his game would frustrate a coach like Jose Mourinho.