The message to Manchester United has been made very clear: you might be paying too much to sign Antony, and your money would be better spent elsewhere.
The anticipated £85 million arrival from Ajax is “not a scoring player” according to former Netherlands manager Bert van Marwijk, who also cautioned the Red Devils that PSV Eindhoven forward Cody Gakpo is a “more physically capable” player. United have cooled their interest in Gakpo since they have agreed to pay a colossal sum to rejoin Antony with Erik ten Hag.Information Guide Nigeria
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“Ajax did well to take €100million (£85m) from Manchester United anyway,” he wrote in his De Telegraaf column. “It is the absolute top price and that amount the club would never have received in the future for Antony. I have heard the criticism that Antony was never able to score 10 goals in a season at Ajax.JAMB Result
“But he is not a scoring player – and he will not score much in England. But he can make the difference because he has the ability to create things and can always give an assist. He looks spectacular with his actions, but is also really decisive. What I’m curious about is whether he can handle the physical resistance in the Premier League. We will find out soon.”
Antony chipped in with four assists in the Eredivisie last season, while Gakpo, 23, had the second-most in the division with 13. Van Marwijk has no doubt the former is the more “spectacular” of the pair but suspects the latter may have been the team player more suited to Ten Hag’s fledgeling project at Old Trafford.
He added: “Cody Gakpo is more physically capable than Antony. He also has the ability to work himself to death for the team. Many creative players are lazy players by nature. But Gakpo is less spectacular than Antony – and therefore Antony’s market value is higher. However, Gakpo will always be an ideal team player. Therefore, you can ask who would have the most value for Manchester United at the moment?”