Why Aly Cissokho Is A Worthy Successor To Manchester United's Patrice Evra

The flying French fullback has expressed an interest in replacing Evra at Manchester United - here's why he's just the man for the job.
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The flying French fullback has expressed an interest in replacing Evra at Manchester United - here's why he's just the man for the job.

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The flying French fullback has expressed an interest in replacing Evra at Manchester United - here's why he's just the man for the job.

Rangy, athletic and strong, the 23-year old French defender has all the attributes to easily cope with the demands of English football whilst being blessed with a composure on the ball that can only be continentally bred. Possibly not the quickest from a standing start he has a ferocious tenacity that often requires a winger to beat him twice just to get a delivery in. And he is not beaten twice very often.

If Aly arrives in January – for a fee presumably in excess of the fifteen million Lyon paid to Porto in 2009 – opponents will have no such luxury. Not only does Cissokho love a good maraud down the touchline he is impressively nimble, even in full flight, and can ride a challenge with the best of them. Most encouraging of all he will then take his time, look up, before pinging a ball to a team-mate, not a designated area.

It was such qualities that lured Milan into signing him only for the deal to collapse in shambolic circumstances at the medical stage when the Rossoneri discovered problems with the player’s teeth. Evidently they have raised the bar in their medical requirements since they signed Joe ‘Jaws’ Jordan back in the early eighties.

Since returning to his native homeland he has continued his steady rise to prominence, gaining an international call-up along the way.

There were concerns that his defective gnashers would cause back problems later in his career. Olympique Lyonnais however had no such qualms and swooped in with an identical bid to the Italians.

At Porto Cissokho had won the league and cup domestic double and excelled personally in their Champions League outings, on one occasion enjoying a rare old ninety-minute tussle with Ronaldo at Old Trafford, a performance that boosted his profile significantly.

Since returning to his native homeland he has continued his steady rise to prominence, gaining an international call-up along the way.

Now, in his early twenties and still improving, it might be time for a switch to a higher level that was cruelly deprived him at Milan.

Twenty million for a left-back is steep for anyone’s chequebook but when it’s for a player of Cissokho’s quality – and when a similar sum is being touted for Baines it’s perhaps an expenditure they need to take.

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