THERE were slightly concerning reports in some of the mornings’ papers that Kenny Dalglish (or whoever’s in charge) will have barely £20 million to spend in the summer. That, seemingly, includes the money we got for getting rid of Raul Meireles on the final day of last summer’s transfer window. If we can move on Joe Cole and Alberto Aquilani during the summer too, that’ll help to ‘swell’ the coffers to the tune of around another £6-£10 million, so we’d be basically looking at having around £20 million in the summer.
Now, if we were a club with an already decent squad, that wouldn’t be so bad. And given the money we spent last summer, the owners probably thought that not much more would be needed. I mean, for that some of money we could bring in another top class player to supplement what – we thought – we already had or buy 2 or 3 solid squad players to give us more depth. Unfortunately, we’re in a situation now where we need another summer of massive change. Players like Kuyt, Maxi, Cole, Aquilani, Jones, et al will probably be moved on and players like Carroll, Downing, Henderson and Adam haven’t given us suitable value for money.
The problem we now face is that we’d need to raise the sort of money we had to spend last summer via player sales and there is no way in hell we’d get £35 million for Carroll from anybody, nor would we ever get £20 million for Downing or even half what we paid for Henderson. The closest we’d get to the fees we paid for one of these players would be perhaps £4-5 million for Charlie Adam, and he set us back around £9 million.
I’m not suggesting we’ll sell any of these but if we did, we’d be taking at least a 50% hit on all the transfer fees so would it even be worth it, unless we could guarantee we were going to get value for money? So, we’re effectively facing a summer of further transition, during which we don’t seem to have the money to make the changes that are needed.
Whatever happens, it’s going to be a tough summer and if the rumours are true the lack of cash from above is going to make it harder. I can’t really blame the owners because they were true to their word last year and pumped over £70 million of their own money in to the club and have seen little return, in terms of performances, from the players the money was spent on. So the manager will need to prove that he can spot a bargain over the summer and the fans can only hope in the meantime that targets are already being identified and deals are being put in place.