Over the past few days the future of Manchester United's Brazilian midfielder Anderson has come under the spotlight, with it suggested he will be offered in part-exchange to Porto for James Rodriguez.
United should of course consider that, but they would be best off throwing him in on loan rather than selling him permanently.
This is because Anderson's struggles at United are not because he is not good enough, rather that he has been unlucky with injury and has been unable to hold down a regular place in the side.
Is there a single United fan does not who feel that if Anderson was fit the entire season and a first choice, that he would not be a tremendous asset to the team?
He showed just how good he can be at the end of the 2010/11 season and the beginning of the last campaign, where he was terrific in the middle of the park alongside Tom Cleverley, until that midfield combination was broken up with both sustaining injuries.
This season has been one of frustration for the player. He has looked like a genuinely good player when he has been given an opportunity, the problem is they have been fewer and further between than ever before. Simply right now he does not have the trust of Sir Alex Ferguson when it comes to the big games.
There is also an element of the midfielder lacking a bit of confidence himself as a result, and Anderson is stuck in a bit of a vicious cycle, unable to move forward, just about keeping above water at the club.
But United should not give up on him and the reason is simple.
If Anderson was to go elsewhere, it is almost guaranteed he will make the transition with great success, and show United just what they were missing out on.
A prime example is striker Mame Biram Diouf who is firing on all cylinders for Hannover, one of the stars of the Bundesliga, who barely got a chance at Unite. Zoran Tosic, a key player for CSKA Moscow got even less opportunities.
A look at the recent success of 'flop' Bebe out on loan at Rio Ave in Portugal has handed United food for thought as to his future, and at the minimum United will be able to command a heightened price for him in the summer if they still want to offload him.
This is how United must look at Anderson. Loan him out and let him recapture his form. Allow him to get a chance playing regularly, enjoy his football and remind them what he is all about. It is just typical that they would sell him and he would metamorphosis into a superstar overnight, so if that does happen, they won't have lost him for good.
At the end of next season they can make a more informed decision, whether to give him another try, or to cash in on him.
At present he is wasting his talent on the bench, and United would not command much for him in terms of price tag. Given what he can bring to the table, the money they spent on him, and the new contract he signed two years back, United should not give up on him and rather have one last try.
Is this how United should approach Anderson's future?
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