IN the very few weeks that have passed since the arrival of Rodgers as the new Liverpool manager we’ve been linked with multiple players and a number of names have come up that will be familiar to all of us.
There have been a handful of players though, that have had their names crop up more often than others: Zaha, Kalou, Garcia, Krasic, Sigurdsson, Tello and Caulker – one or two of these names ring true with Liverpool’s fans and bring some optimism for the new season.
However, names such as Kalou, Garcia, Krasic are hardly players that will have us all sitting at home salivating in waiting for the new season to begin. Given that Kalou has never been anything more than a bench-warmer at Chelsea and has just been released for free and that both Garcia and Krasic have barely played for their first-teams all season (Garcia was actually on-loan at Osasuna) makes me wonder whether we’re simply shopping in the ‘cast-offs’ market this summer, and that concerns me a great deal, if I’m honest with you.
Don’t get me wrong, I know that there are bargains to be had. You need only take a look at Bellamy last season for a superb example. But spending upwards of £7 million for a player such as Krasic that could barely get near Juventus’ team or pretty much the same for a player that is no longer in his clubs’ plans in Garcia seems to be a little worrying.
Over at Old Trafford and United have just snapped up probably one of the most exciting midfield prospects in Europe, Shinji Kagawa, for around £12 million. The guy has won back-to-back league titles with Borussia Dortmund and yet that lot have managed to negotiate a bargain, whilst given reports on Saturday morning, it looks likely that we’re going to now sign Sigurdsson from under Swansea’s noses, only the price has now gone above £8 million. Whilst Barcelona are supposedly holding out for somewhere around that same amount for Cristian Tello – a talented young man, to be sure, but he’s hardly been a mainstay in even their ‘B’ team, never mind the first and while I’d be more excited to see his name than many of the others, I’d still begrudge forking out almost £10 million for a ‘prospect’. We were burned too badly last season in that way to take the same risk again.
Similarly, we’ve found ourselves heavily linked with Spurs’ Steven Caulker. A very talented and promising young English centre-back, who spent the season on-loan with Rodgers himself at Swansea but, again, the fee would be around £8 million. As I mentioned recently in an article about where I feel we need to strengthen in the summer, I really see no point in spending what would be a large chunk of our limited transfer funds on a player that would probably only be our 4th or 5th choice centre-back, and more likely 6th if you include Martin Kelly.
I should point out that I’m not trying to be utterly negative and I’m aware that our new man in charge has not been at the club very long and is still getting to grips with things. Sadly though, it seems as if the old transfer market procrastinating is still very much in evidence from Rafa Benitez’s time at the club. My main concern is that we’re going to end up making a late charge and just go out and panic-buy average players and allow ourselves to be totally ripped off in the process. I can only hope that I’ll be wrong and that many of the rumours are only that, rumours and that Brendan Rodgers is as shrewd and forward a man as we’ve been led to believe and goes out and works some magic in the market this summer.
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