The Daily Telegraph’s Oliver Brown recently wrote: “More than William Carvalho at Sporting Lisbon, or Ilkay Gündogan at Borussia Dortmund, it is Kroos who potentially offers the single most effective antidote to United’s midfield malaise.”
What Toni Kroos represents to Manchester United is the midfield engine which has been missing at the club since the departure of Roy Keane.
Anyone who follows soccer understands the importance a club puts into the development of a strong “spine”. The success of a team can be attributed to the productivity of four positions: goalkeeper, central defender, midfielder and forward.
David Moyes is in the process of strengthening Manchester United and he knows the missing piece at the club has been a dominant, versatile midfielder. An individual who can provide additional protection to the team’s back four, be the linkup between defense and attack while also being a scoring threat going forward.
Moyes has identified Toni Kroos of Bayern Munich as that player. And in spite of the enormous obstacles the Scottish manager will have to navigate in order to secure the services of the 24-year-old midfielder, Moyes will not end his pursuit until the German international officially re-signs with the Bundesliga giants or puts pen to paper on a deal to join Manchester United.
Should United acquire Kroos, the spine of the club would start with David De Gea (Spain’s future #1 goalkeeper), then progress through the defender Phil Jones (who has been tapped as England’s next great centre-back), continue with the midfielding versatility of Toni Kroos and ultimately end with the scoring capabilities of Wayne Rooney (the fourth leading goal scorer in Premier League history and future captain of Manchester United).
These four players all share similar characteristics: confidence, competitiveness and skill. Jones and Rooney are the type of outfield players any club would want to build its squad around due their versatility, aggression and passion.
Toni Kroos has been this kind of player for Bayern Munich since his arrival on the first team. All one has to do is look at his performances in the past two Champions League campaigns.
Kroos man-marking of Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo completely shut down the Italians attacking options and ensured his club’s progression into the semi-finals of last season’s competition. While this year, Kroos dominant, all-around display against Arsenal at the Emirates all but guaranteed Bayern Munich’s spot in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.