Liverpool’s Short Term Forward Solution: £3m Emile Heskey?

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Emile Heskey has admitted he would consider leaving Aston Villa, in a bid to secure his England place.

Heskey has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years, recapturing his form at Wigan Athletic and then being recalled to the England squad after a six-year absence earlier this year.

His form at Wigan saw him linked with a number of clubs, but he chose to join Martin O’Neill – who he worked with at Leicester – at Aston Villa.
But this season Heskey has struggled to earn a starting spot with Villa, and the 31-year-old has now stated he could quit the club – despite only joining them less than ten months ago – in order to make sure he is on the plane to South Africa for the World Cup finals next summer.

“I’m happy to be playing for England and, obviously, not playing at club level is difficult,” he said in the Guardian.

“It’s something I will have to look at when I get back and try to address it.”

Asked whether that meant he would seek a move in the winter transfer window, Heskey said: “That’s what I mean. I will have to sit down and think about my
next move.

“I don’t know whether I can get a World Cup place if I’m not playing for Villa.

“The manager (Capello) hasn’t really spoken to me about it.

“I just have to keep performing well in training and keep going. But you always wonder about those kind of things, whether it will affect my chances.

“I will just have to try to address it when the time is right.” (Sky Sports)

I must stress this is just a potential suggestion and is just an idea open to discussion. When Emile was at Anfield he had as many detractors as supporters and whilst he wasn’t prolific he had a job to do that involved a lot more than just putting the ball in the back of the net. His record for us wasn’t nearly as bad as many would make out. In seasons he started at the club he scored the following amount of goals per season, 21, 14, 9, 12 – Not fantastic numbers but by no means an embarrassment.

We could do with another forward, someone who could potentially work alongside Fernando Torres or act as cover if, god forbid, he gets injured. At 31 Heskey would obviously only be a short term solution but he has a couple of seasons in him and can still perform pretty well.

Personally If I was Rafa I wouldn’t have loaned out Nemeth, but that’s another matter, we need more strength in depth at the top of the formation and if the Aston Villa man wants to leave then perhaps we could offer him a short term deal that could help him get the attention of Fabio Capello.


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