Benitez considers move for former striker, but why?
Liverpool linked with Emile Heskey
England striker Emile Heskey has been linked with a January move back to Liverpool.
The 31 year-old forward currently plays for Aston Villa, under Martin O’Neill, but has struggled to make much of an impact at Villa Park, often used as a substitute.
Heskey has even admitted he may have to leave Villa in January to improve his chances of making Fabio Capello’s 23-man World Cup squad.
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez needs to boost his forward line, with Fernando Torres prone to injury, Ryan Babel disenchanted and Andriy Voronin ineffectual.
The Mirror reports that Benitez is also looking at Ruud van Nistelrooy and Luca Toni, but views Heskey as the ideal target man for Torres to play off.
Heskey scored 60 goals in four years at Liverpool before he was sold to Birmingham in 2004 – a month before Benitez took charge at Anfield. (Telegraph)
Whilst there is no doubt that we are in need of a new striking talent to help share the load with El Nino there are players who would make sense to take a shot on and then others, like Emile, who really should be avoided like the proverbial plague. We know from his prervious stint at Liverpool that the Aston Villa man gives his all and is determination peronsified but regardless of financial constraints a move for the England international makes no sense whatsoever.
In terms of finding strikers to give us strength in depth at Anfield, surely bringing Nemeth back from AEK Athens would be a fairly easy option and I have been pleased with the progress shown by David Ngog so whilst we may need more firepower we need creative flair to help unlock defences and as such perhaps we should be looking for natural wide men or attacking midfielders instead of even considering a move for the likes of Emile Heskey.
Rafa Benitez doesn’t have a large sum of money to play with but that doesn’t men he should opt for signing a player who really is in the autumn of his career and would only be a very short term option and one that will not neccessarily deliver the goods.
Don’t do it Rafa!