Apparently United's Dutch scout compiled a list of the top 5 players in each position, and Buttner was 3rd or 4th for left back. As in, only the 3rd or 4th best left back in the Dutch league. Uhmm.
Saw same interview, Ed van Stijn (Our chief Dutch scout) said that he rated him higher then Jetro Williams at PSV & Buttners should of gone to this summers Euros instead of Jetro.
Also read the quote carefully
"They (the club) ask you to create a top five of the best players in the league for every position. I had Buttner at number three or four on my list."
A list of the best 5 players in LB position on that list from Dutch League not the best to worst (1 through 5) from that list if you want its a list of the best 5 LB in the Dutch League, not 3rd or 4th best out the 5 on it but 3rd or 4th place on the list, that’s how I read it anyway.
What also unknown is how much other detail is on the "list" works, I have highly doubt Ed van Stijn handed over a list of 5 best LB in Dutch League last season that impressed him & that was it? No mention of age, fee, wages, potential, personality, attacking/defensive abilities. All thing SAF will consider before making a move (As SAF has final say on all transfers & he goes on what our scouts say before even putting a bid in).
Normally we send our main chief scout Martian Ferguson to watch a talent we feel impresses us alot so if Martian went to watch him live & was impressed he would have told SAF about him & if Baines didn’t work out then Buttner great back up option to have. Also the other of list may not been what SAF looking for or may joined a new club again something not considered by many. Its not first time we have done well going after a back up option as Ole was back up instead of Shearer & Yorke instead of Patrick Kluivert. Hell if Bild in Germany are to be believed (Normally spot on imo) we bid 30M Euros for Lewandoski earlier in the summer which Dortmund rejected so if he did arrive I highly doubt SAF would made a move for RvP who did join us so was RvP back up option then? So not as if club making a move for a back up option cos the original target didnt happen hasnt always been a bad thing.
Think im right in saying Buttners switch to Wing/Fullback a very new thing for him as up until recently he was a LW/LM? So for us to not only become interested but to make a move to buy him, suggests we think capable of playing for us & doing well. When comes to SAF & defenders his normally spot on (I would say CB is area SAF gets it most right more then any other area on pitch when comes to buying players but that’s up for debate).
Wont change fact that his 23 & deserves a chance to impress, I don’t expect him to hit the ground running, it will take little while for him to get to grips with PL & the club as a whole & what is expected of him while his with us. If it doesn’t work out then move him on & properly recoup the 4M he cost us in transfer fee. This season he will be a back up to Evra & when Evra needs a break or Evra not in form he can step in to cover so he will be given a chance that im sure of. But I can’t understand why people are writing him off now after not even seeing him play once before joined us, find that baffling. I will watch him closely this season for us before making a judgment on him.