With new Anfield owners set to arrive and with debts set to be erased here are a few suggestions on potential forays into the transfer market.
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With the takeover of the troubled Anfield club looking likely to be completed in plenty of time for the January transfer window, and with
Martin Broughton’s comment that there will be money for the manager to spend, the media is already going into hyperdrive linking the Red’s with any player they think could be a
possibility to move clubs. Choice of signings is an emotive issue, the “he’s better, no he’s better” argument is impossible to resolve (until after the player signs and plays!)
But what about the TYPE of player your club should sign? The “special one” has spoken of his preference in signing players already in their peak, at 29-31yrs of age, this has it’s benefits, but realistically, unless you have the finances of a Real Madrid to be able to buy top-price players and replace them frequently while recouping very little in sales, this isn’t really an option.
So lets look at the two players most recently linked with Liverpool,
Shaun Wright Phillips is a proven Premier League performer, and critics would say that too many of the previous Liverpool manager’s signings failed to translate their form from other leagues, so this looks a good idea yes? Well, maybe not. Sean is almost 28, as a winger you could argue that doesn’t give him very long left at his best, and if it didn’t work out, Liverpool would be trying to sell a very high earning 30yr old in 2 seasons, they wouldn’t get much back.
Roque Santa Cruz, again, proven in the Premier League, he comes with the same issue of wage and age, but, perhaps more worrying is his injury record, ok if you can afford 3-4 top line strikers, but as the only serious back-up to the also-injury-prone Torres, seems risky!
So what is the alternative?
It is unlikely Liverpool will be looking at £30m+ galacticos such as Sergio Aguero or Luis Suarez, and first team stars of the world’s elite clubs such as AC, Inter, Barca & Real will all likely be uninterested in a move, so signing players in the £10m-£15m bracket, from smaller clubs than our own is the most likely outcome, and here’s why this fan thinks they should be 19-23yrs old.
Look at Xabi Alonso, a successful signing for sure, bought for £10.4m at 22, sold after 5 years of excellent play for £30m…
But you wont always get it right!…
So look at Ryan Babel, by most people’s standards, a failed signing, costing £11m, BUT as he is STILL young, (23) he is STILL viewed by many as having potential, and Liverpool have in the past couple of windows been offered £8m+ for him. (and should take it!)
So if you buy the right TYPE of player, you should at least get back 75% of your money if he fails, and successful signings will last longer!.
Less of a financial risk, generally smaller wages, hungry, fit, young players are the way!
The age of any new signings could be even more significant given the advancing years of Kop idols Jamie Carragher & Steven Gerrard!
New owners (probably), new manager, new-or-improved stadium on the way, some new talent on the field is what is needed now.
Some players worth considering:
Ever Banega, at just 22, likened to a mix of Mascherano & Alonso, two players yet to be properly replaced by the Reds, and strongly linked in the summer to an £8.5m move from cash-strapped Valencia
Eden Hazard, the pacey 19yr old Belgian dubbed ‘the next Messi’ would offer much needed guile and creativity on the Reds left. Struggling Lille may not be able to resist a bid of around £15m
Javi Martinez, £15m rated box-to-box playmaker, just 22 and one the THE rising stars of La Liga, he resisted Premier League advances 2 years ago favouring more development at Bilbao, but now?
Arda Turan, a name familiar with Reds fans after being linked for the past few seasons & stating his desire to be a red. With only 2 years left on his Galatasaray deal £12m-£14m should do it. At just 23 he is already a proven international star… and on loan Emiliano Insua could be used as a £4m makeweight
Ricky Van Wolfswinkel, Utrecht’s 21yr old goal machine, already a Dutch international, he gave the reds defence a torrid time recently.
Fabio Coentrao, the 22yr old flying Portugese left back of Benfica, also an option on the left wing, he would give Liverpool more cut-and-thrust, similar to Glen Johnson on the right
Phil Jones or Blackburn Rovers, Micah Richards of City (if they continue to replace homegrown stars with big money signings) could also be good options.