If reports in the UK tabloid the Daily Mirror are to be believed, Japanese international midfielder Shinji Kagawa reportedly wants out of Old Trafford in the January transfer window as the playmaker is concerned that his lack of playing time might affect his form and Japan’s overall chances during the 2014 World Cup finals tournament in Brazil. The creative midfielder has recently been quoted as saying that his lack of playing time is indeed affecting his form with the Samurai Blue, but the question remains: will Manchester United allow Kagawa to leave in January?
Here are the facts:
Kagawa has only been with United since June 2012, when the now retired Sir Alex Ferguson saw enough in him to want to buy him from German giants Borussia Dortmund. It seems like a huge waste of money – somewhere in the region of 17 million pounds (over US$27 million) – for United to let go of a talent like Kagawa. It is fair to say, though, that since Kagawa has made the jump to the English Premier League, he has failed to convince either Ferguson or David Moyes – United’s new manager – that he is worthy of a spot in the team’s first XI. This early in the season, the Japanese midfielder has featured in just five games for United. It may be entirely true that this situation has become worrying for Kagawa – any self-respecting athlete playing in the top level would be worried as well. He is just not getting enough time, and this has fueled the rumors that he might fly the coop in the January transfer window, especially since Moyes has not made it sufficiently clear that he is convinced of Kagawa’s undeniable talents, and more because Dortmund continues to retain the hopes of resigning him.
There are two situations that have not helped Kagawa’s cause in his stint with the Red Devils, and we have covered them in past articles. Kagawa’s favored position, playing “in the hole” in the no. 10 role, is currently occupied by an in-form Wayne Rooney, who seems to be the perfect fit for the position. As long as Rooney is playing the way he is, Kagawa does not stand a chance in taking over that role. The logical move would be to shunt Kagawa out to the left flank, where until 2 weeks ago, nobody had a solid hold on the position. But the rise of Belgian teenager Adnan Januzaj has quickly eroded Kagawa’s chances of making that spot his – even if Moyes was happy with Kagawa’s performance out left against Real Sociedad in the Champions League. So yes, it is quite logical that Kagawa might be fearing for his regular playing time. But the fact remains that he hasn’t come out and said it yet. He might still do it, but until then, we can only wait and see how Moyes and Kagawa get on until January, and Samurai Blue fans will still have to sweat this one out.
[via The Daily Mirror]