The Chronicle have confirmed that Huddersfield star Aaron Mooy is a player they know Rafa Benitez is ‘fond of’ – suggesting the Spaniard could make a summer move for the midfielder if he stays this summer.
This is obviously providing Huddersfield go down – which looks very likely – but I highly doubt they’ll be able to keep a hold of him if they did drop down into the second tier, with him showing over the past few seasons that he’s more than capable at Premier League level.
Here’s a snippet from the Chronicle’s piece, confirming Rafa is a big fan of the midfielder:
‘Aaron Mooy is a player well known in these parts going back to the Championship days when Newcastle and Huddersfield were competing against each other for promotion.
‘Mooy is a player we know Benitez is fond of and United will be keen to limit his influence from midfield if they are to get a result.’
Controversial thought, but if a big bid came in for someone like Shelvey, I would not be surprised if Rafa cashed in and replaced him with Mooy.
His passing range is impressive – albeit not quite at the same level as Shelvey’s – but he’s tenacious off the ball, seems to score more goals than Jonjo and is more probably more suited in a side that sees less of the ball.