It’s been a day of contrasting fortunes for the Da Silva twins, with Fabio sealing a year long loan move away from United to QPR, and Rafael signing a new 4 year deal to keep him at Old Trafford until 2016.
According to the BBC, QPR boss and ex-red Mark Hughes saw this as a “great opportunity to loan a good young player” – perhaps forgetting that Fabio will now be the only member of his squad to start a Champions League final as as such, should probably be considered more than “good”.
Whilst the move is welcome from the point of view that i think Fabio had out-grown our reserve team, and is good enough to be playing week in, week out in the Premiership, i’m puzzled that we’ve once again persevered in arranging the move with QPR. We need only look back to Kiko Macheda’s spell their last year to see that he was under-used, and even when he did play, often played out of position. Futhermore, anyone that caught the excellent documentary “The Four Year Plan” (trailer here) knows full well that the administration of the club is a shambles, and frankly, we shouldn’t be exposing our young players to such an unhealthy power structure. All this without even touching upon their sandcastle-esque collapse and celebrations at the council house on the last day of the-season-that-must-not-be-mentioned.
Yet, perhaps it is a case of “beggars can’t be choosers” when it comes to in-league loan moves and at least if he plays regularly, which he should, he will come back with a full season of Premiership experience under his belt and that can only be good for his development.