Watford captain Troy Deeney believes Adam Lallana is underrated and that Manchester United could do much worse than signing the Liverpool playmaker.
Lallana is set to leave Merseyside this summer when his Liverpool contract expires.
As reported by BBC Sport, there is no indication that he will be offered a new deal so will be available for a free transfer.
The 31-year-old’s Liverpool career has been hampered by a series of injuries, but he was a key figure in Jurgen Klopp’s early days at Anfield.
Lallana is now on the hunt for a new club ahead of next season and Deeney thinks a player of his talent easily makes his way into most top Premier League sides.
In a fantastic wide-ranging interview with Flex for the United Stand in this unprecedented lockdown period, Deeney explained how letting Lallana go is another sign of Liverpool’s superior quality.
“I think they’re a phenomenal team. I do look at teams like Liverpool and go, “where do you improve?” Deeney said, as quoted by the Metro.
“Lallana they’re letting go now – I was just chatting about this with my mates in our group chat – Lallana walks into 90% of teams.
“Other than Man City, he could play for Man City but I think they’re overpopulated… you would take him at United. He’d be in the squad and 100% he improves the squad. ‘Lallana can play anywhere across the front line. Tottenham would take him, Everton… Chelsea, yeah.”
While we agree that Lallana is an effective player, he is not someone that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should be looking at this summer, regardless of whether he is available for free.
The Norwegian needs to focus his rebuild around exciting young talent rather than ageing injury prone players. Jack Grealish and James Maddison may be more difficult to obtain, but either would play a far more significant role in United’s revolution.