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.
"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.
Very happy for this essential victory and for my second goal. Thanks to the fans for the great support. Let's keep be focused.- Lucas Torreira 34 (@LTorreira34) 8 December 2018
Muy feliz por esta gran victoria y por mi segundo gol.
Gracias a los hinchas por el apoyo de siempre. Seguimos concentrados. #ComeOnGunners:red_circle:#LT11 pic.twitter.com/oIuIMXz638
Lucas Torreira last 6 games...- EPL Bible (@EPLBible) 8 December 2018
:white_check_mark: MOTM v Liverpool
:white_check_mark: MOTM v Bournemouth
:white_check_mark: MOTM v Tottenham
:white_check_mark: MOTM v Man United
:white_check_mark: MOTM v Huddersfield
Signing of the season. :white_check_mark: pic.twitter.com/ZrgUwtWHC8
Four Man of the Match performances in his last Five Premier League games- FourFourTweet (@FourFourTweet) 8 December 2018
He scored his first goal for Arsenal was in the North London derby
He scored the winner today
More recoveries than any other top-6 outfield player this term
Lucas Torreira - signing of the season. pic.twitter.com/ERizPMKMAM
Note to all @Arsenal fans: please don't clog up our match tweets today thanking us for @LTorreira34. We're going to set up a dedicated 'Thanks for #Torreira' email address where you can send us all your thank you messages. Watch this space...- Sampdoria English (@sampdoria_en) 8 December 2018
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