Liverpool Star Set For £8.5m Tottenham Move: Should Rafa Reconsider?

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The Rumour

Tottenham are eyeing Liverpool winger Ryan Babel.

The Daily Mail says Babel has been told his Anfield career is effectively over following showdown talks between his agent and Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez.

The 22-year-old Holland forward brought matters to a head by requesting a meeting with Benitez to discuss his growing frustration at being on the fringes for most of the two years since his £10m arrival from Ajax.

His adviser Winnie Haatrecht made it clear Babel was looking for assurances that he would have more opportunities next season.

Benitez refused to give any and stunned Haatrecht by telling him he was free to start looking for another club for the Anfield misfit.

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The Analysis

Ryan Babel is at a crunch point in his career at Anfield and Rafa is in a similar point in terms of what he plans on doing with the at times explosive Dutchman.

Two seasons as a part time Liverpool player and sometime cameo sub sensation have shown only glimpses of what Babel is capable of but clearly Benitez is still not greatly impressed by the former Ajax man’s ability to be an impact player on a regular basis. The winger started just six Premier League games this season as opposed to 15 in his first term.

Ryan is also rightly considering his options and may not want to wait around for the run in the first team he may feel he deserves so it’s Catch 22 time for all parties concerned.

I am not surprised that Spurs have registered an interest and on paper the wing pairing of Lennon and Babel would be a great one but Harry Redknapp will obviously realise that the success of any such signing would hinge on Tottenham being able to give the time and space for the 22 year old to get an established grip on a spot in the starting eleven and perhaps this would lead to the player fulfilling his undoubted potential.

The Likelihood

Babel to Spurs: It is quite possible that Ryan could leave Anfield but i feel it is far more likely that if he did so he would move to another league altogether.

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