Is there any reason Heskey would find first team football at Anfield, if he can’t get it at Villa Park? The answer, in case you were wondering, is no!
Emile Heskey’s World Cup dreams have been the focus of yards of newsprint this week, despite not involving anything Freud would give a second glance to. Rafael Benítez is ready to “save” the Villa striker’s dream (possibly by hooking him up to a Spectrum ZX81 and hitting “Record and Play” when he falls asleep). The Mirror reckons Liverpool will pay £1.5m and not a penny more for their former charge. (Guardian)
So fellow Liverpool fans, does this speculation actually have legs or is just mindless twaddle. Well lets look at the facts as I see them. Emile Heskey wants to secure his place in the England set-up and actually has pretensions to be a first choice starter but because he is not starting regularly at Aston Villa he wants to leave. So If Rafa did go ahead and fork out the nominal fee for his services, how would that help our former striker?
Surely he would also struggle to start games at Anfield, even more so in fact, no? Our gaffer is not about to change the habit of a lifetime and play two up front, for that very reason Peter Crouch was ousted and Robbie Keane failed.
Now if the idea was to sign the 30 year old as injury cover, then I think that would be fine and make sense as far as we, as a club, are concerned. Because it would be useful to have an experienced played on hand should Fernando Torres get injured, also Heskey can be used effectively to close out games, to hold up the ball perhaps when we have a lead in a game with 20 minutes to go and Torres is getting tired, then we could fling Emile on to basically act as a time wasting device to take the ball, very slowly of course, to the corner flag and shield the ball.
I think that on his day the former Birmingham & Wigan man is a decent player, in fact sometimes he can be very useful in a kind of direct battering ram sort of way. I think he did pretty well for us for most of his previous spell at the club, but if his intention is to get a regular start somewhere then clearly if he is unable to force his way into the Aston Villa picture he will find it harder still to do so at Anfield.