Former Arsenal attacker Paul Merson says the Gunners defensive midfielder Lucas Torreira is “not that good”.
None of the Top Six sides in the Premier League would buy Arsenal midfielder Torreira if he was transfer listed, according to Merson.
The Sky Sports pundit says the Uruguayan international gives the Gunners much-needed steel in midfield, something they have lacked for several seasons, but that the holding midfielder is lacking in quality.
“Everyone was raving about Lucas Torreira, but he’s not that good,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“I said this a few months ago and everyone kicked up a stink. He only looks good as he’s what Arsenal have needed for a long time, someone to run around and put their foot in.
“But if you put him up for sale tomorrow, then none of the top five clubs in the Premier League would be interested.
Merson suggested a relatively surprising candidate to replace Torreira, one who hasn’t been linked with a move to one of the bigger sides this season.
“They should sign Abdoulaye Doucoure at Watford – he’d walk into the team. I’d take him tomorrow morning. He’s a much better player than Torreira and he scores goals. He’s one of the most under-rated players in the Premier League – he could play for any of the top six.
“It seems no one pays attention to him because he plays for Watford and fans will say, ‘Why are we buying him, he’s at Watford?’ – but he’s a proper player.”
Doucoure has been linked with a move to French champions PSG in recent weeks.