Enough is enough!
I have sat on both sides of the “Is Lucas a Good Prospect” fence so much that I have gotten splinters but I am afraid enough is enough. Many will claim that a player such as Ryan Babel is just as deserving of the moniker “Player least likely to possess a meaningful Anfield future” but at least the Dutchman has shown, all to briefly, some hints of ability and talent whereas the Brazilian has either flattered to deceive or kept himself hidden so as to fool people he may have a purpose on the field of play.
Let’s look at the job he is supposed to do. He is no Javier Mascherano, his job is not to win the ball at every opportunity and to break up opposition attacks. He is also no Xabi Alonso, as he is unable to spray 30 yard balls to a teammate or keep the momentum moving with a sharp one-two leaving a fellow Liverpool player in space. The 22 year old falls between two stools in more ways than one.
He isn’t a defensive midfielder and he isn’t an attacking midfielder and he sure as hell isn’t a playmaker. So what the hell is he? It seems that any praise he has received has been a thinly veiled insult. Many fellow fans at games have told me as we head for the exit “Lucas was better than he usually is” as though this is reason enough for Rafa to continue to persist with his inclusion.
He isn’t a teenager who needs time and space to develop. He’s a player who has played in 70+ games for the club and consistently looked poor in I would say three quarters of the matches. I applaud Rafa’s determination but he really needs to offload the former Gremio man sooner rather than later. Clearly it’s tough to do so at this moment in time with Alberto Aquilani still sidelined but I would rather see Damien Plessis given a run out. Yes he’s far more defensive minded but at least he knows what his role in the team is, Lucas Leiva doesn’t.