Rafa has to make a tough decision.
Frank Rijkaard is ready to announce his arrival as Galatasaray manager by offering to
end Ryan Babel’s mounting frustration at Liverpool.
As Rafa Benitez looks to tie up the £17m signing of Glen Johnson today, former Barcelona coach Rijkaard will attempt to replenish Liverpool’s coffers with an £8m offer for his Dutch compatriot.
Rijkaard was appointed by Galatasaray earlier this month and funds are unlikely to be a stumbling block, but convincing Babel to make a fresh start in Turkey might be.
Babel has become exasperated with his lack of opportunities since leaving Ajax in a
£12million deal two years ago.
He is believed to favour a move to Spain or Italy, though, if he cannot attract interest from another Premier League club.
The Source: (Daily Mail)
And so we continue the enigma that is Ryan Babel, a player with undoubted potential who at 22 should really be displaying that ability on a regular basis, but it just hasn’t happened. Rafa and Ryan are at a critical point in their relationship, in footballing terms at least, two seasons in and the club is no nearer to knowing if the Babel is right for Liverpool and vice versa.
There is no doubting that in ten minute spells the Dutchman can be stunningly effective. In his first season this was even more apparent and gave hope to all Anfield fans that in his second season he would kick on and become the feared attacker the club had paid good money to sign from Ajax, however arguably his second season saw him take one step forwards and two steps back, sometimes quite literally on the playing field.
Is the flying winger ready to accept another season of bench sitting and occasional first team starts to cover injuries, probably not. Is Benitez ready to trust the attacker with an extended run in the team, probably not. It seems the best way forward would be to maybe loan him out for half a season, maybe even to Galatasaray.
Babel to Galatasaray: Touch and go!