Nani is finally realising his full potential
It’s not yet a case of ‘Cristiano who?’ but it certainly may well be soon if Nani continues to play like this. He isn’t, and never will be, the ‘next Ronaldo’ but he has definitely justified his £17m price tag. Many had lost faith in the winger after a string of inconsistent performances in Autumn and his future at the club was under a cloud of uncertainty.
However, the penny finally appears to have dropped since the turn of the year and we have found a new player who has matured somewhat – not only is he creating goals, but scoring them too. The Arsenal game was a turning point and since then he hasn’t looked back. The picture above suggests jubilation etched across his face. That’s an all too familiar sight for the Old Trafford faithful these days.
What a difference a few games make, eh? I’m not sure if I would’ve trusted him to take a throw-on back in October, but I’m pretty certain that he could land a plane now. He’s learnt substantial amounts and is quickly realising his potential that he had but due to inconsistencies he could never display that week in week out. I feel that the real test for him now is to continue his rich vein of form for the remainder of the season, and transfer that to the World Cup going on to the new season.
I, along with many others, lost faith in him and was crazy enough to suggest that his days at Old Trafford were over. I’m glad that hasn’t happened, and it shows great character and determination from the player. I’ve always been a fan of his trickery and his skilfulness but was rather tired of his lack of maturity and his indecision. There are still many things for him to work on, for instance tracking back to help out more often but what we have seen in the last few months is the transformation of a player whose career at the club was grim.
Recent performances against Spurs and Bolton suggest why he’s now the first name on the team sheet. It was he who provided the all important cross for Paul Scholes against Manchester City last week, and I believe his better days are still ahead of him. Think about it, bags of confidence, faith restored in both fans and manager, and results on the pitch. If this is just a purple patch, let’s hope it continues for a long time…