Saturday, June 16, 2007

Football Concerns

Liverpool appear to be dithering on the transfer market - it looks as though the Eto chase is off (which is ok - I hate the idea of blowing the budget on one player - who was injury prone last year). As for the Benayoun linkage, I am not 100% sold on the Israeli midfielder. He has oodles of talent but tends to disappear from games and is pushed around to easy.

Charlton's asking price for Darren Bent is insane (17 million pounds) but it appears as though Spurs will land him now that West Ham have lost out on the chase (not sure why Spurs need him considering the fact that they still have Berbatov, Keane, Defoe and Mido as strikers but I guess that there is logic around somewhere). I would have loved to have seen the 23 year old Bent in a Reds shirt but this seems to be another case of an opportunity gone begging.

However Liverpool need a striker badly. While Kuyt and Crouch make a useful pairing, Bellamy needs to go elsewhere. David Villa of Valencia may be the solution (not Diego Forlan - perish the thought) but I am a bit weary on the idea of picking up another Spaniard. Other than Reina, Luis Garcia when fit and Alonso in patches Liverpool's Spanish-speaking cohort has largely been disappointing. Other contenders are: Defoe, Gudjohnsen (although United will probably gain his signature), Yakubi (Premiership proven), Henry (now wouldn't that be fantastic) and Anelka (wishful thinking - I can't believe we gave him up for Diouf several years ago).

Also on the cards is a left sided winger - Kewell in unreliable and a walking doctor's note, Zendin is past his peak and Gonzalez is not premiership quality.In addition cover is required in defence. While Sami H. may stay another season another defender is needed should Carra and the emerging Daniel Agger sustain injuries. I haven't seen much talk along these lines which is a bit worrisome.

So as a Reds fan I will wait and see....Will Hicks and Gillette put their money where their mouth is and will Rafa choose wisely?

Time will tell. All that we know is that United at the moment are on course to repeat.

Gavin
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