Paul Merson Says Lucas Torreira Is Overrated, Would Not Play For Premier League’s Top Teams

Paul Merson has made a bold claim about Arsenal star Lucas Torreira.

The 50-year-old Sky Sports pundit went in with a brutal criticism of the 22-year-old Uruguayan international, believing that he is overrated and that he wouldn't be able to play for one of the Premier League's top teams if he was playing at a smaller club.

"Liverpool wouldn't buy him tomorrow morning, I wouldn't have thought any of the top four would," he said (via the Mirror).

"He can and will get better, but he's done great.

"They needed it, we all knew that. Arsène Wenger knew it but he was too stubborn to go and get someone.

Credit: Lucas Torreira
Credit: Lucas Torreira

"He could be playing at Southampton and wouldn't get a mention, or Burnley. No one would mention it.

"It's just that Arsenal needed it so badly. He gets around people, closes players down, gets everybody fighting. He's not a natural passer, but he sets the tempo."

The Gunners signed Torreira in the summer for £26.4m and he has made 16 appearances for the club.

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