There are some that see the departure on loan of left back Emiliano Insua to Galatasaray as just as bad a decision by Roy Hodgson as to allow Alberto Aquilani to leave. I am not one of them. Although I believe it was a massive mistake to allow the 22 year old to leave last summer without a planned replacement in mind, I am still of the opinion that he wasn’t a good enough player to start for Liverpool.
Certainly, I could have seen him as a squad player, and he could have been a reserve for Fabio Aurelio in the short term, but I didn’t think he had the skills and attributes necessary to succeed the Brazilian in the long term. Of course, in my opinion, it would have been a better option to keep him than buy Paul Konchesky, but I wouldn’t have had a problem of either loaning or selling him if we had got the right replacement. I doubt many Reds fans would have complained if we had bought Fabio Coentrao as his replacement in the summer, but the money to buy the Portuguese was simply not there, and it was advisable to hold onto Insua in the short term while we looked for a suitable replacement.
So why do I think Insua will not make in the Premier League? It is a very simple reason; lack of pace. Some might say that to become a good full back in any top European league, anticipation and positioning are more important than speed, and although I would agree with this to an extent, the pace of the Premier League requires any top class full back to have a modicum of pace. Even if you are not the best defender, you can make up for your mistakes by retrieving situations utilising your speed, but a player like Insua could never do this.
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