Not a big fan of diarras to be honest just don't think he tactically up to for example like mascherano to make up for his passing deficiencies. Lucas is a very good passer and should be allowed venture forward more for me, before he came to us he used to be known for the late darting run into the box like gerrard/lampard. You don't lose that imo and he still does well when he does venture forward on the odd occasion for us.
Plus theres nothing wrong with lucas type players in midfield.
If were to get any midfield from real madrid for me it should be granero. There's a very good player in there some where with granero, he's just wasted the last 3 or so years of his career warming the bench though.
The thing is when Lucas does go forward though, he falls to pieces in the box (I know someone will post the Benfica goal now as some all encompassing evidence that he hasn't missed sitters in the 6 yard box against Newcastle and City, but y'know). I really wouldn't be arsed moving Lucas around again, he's fucking outstanding where he is.
My point wasn't there is anything wrong with Lucas players in midfield. Just don't know whether two players like that would make a good partnership. From what I've seen - not a load - M'Vila isn't any quicker than Lucas, or any more aggressive. Surely we want a much better version of Spearing to compliment Lucas, rather than someone exactly like him. But if M'Vila is those things then fair play, I wouldn't complain.
Lucas and M'Vila are a better version of Lucas and Spearing, Ramirez is a better Maxi (with a bit of Kaká thrown in!), that Matias Suarez lad plays just like our Suarez. ... Blimey, we'd have a hell of a side if we could only find someone better than Meireles...