SOME of the red-tops reported on Tuesday morning that Tottenham were planning a £7.5 million bid for our talented young wing-wonder, Raheem Sterling.
The word from the club in recent weeks has been that Brendan Rodgers is looking to loan Sterling out; he doesn’t feel that the player is ready for first-team football yet, so these reports are slightly concerning.
The reason I find concern in this is that, given the difficulty the club have had in offloading Aquilani, Carroll and one or two others this summer, Rodgers may be tempted to let him go if we receive a substantial bid for the player, in order to fund the transfers of Allen, Ramirez, Dempsey, et al.
These are all players that I would really want to see at the club, don’t get me wrong. Just not at the expense of a player who could have 10-15 years at the club and become a top-quality player. Not to mention possibly save us an absolute fortune on wingers in that time too.
Similarly, last week it appeared as if the club were prepared to let Jonjo Shelvey go on loan to Fulham as part of a deal to bring Clint Dempsey to the club (or now, Swansea, for Allen). Sure, it would only be for a season but Shelvey is ready for the first team. He, perhaps more than any of our youngsters, has shown in the rare starts he’s had that he is a top-quality attacking midfielder in the making. I wrote glowingly about his abilities during last season and I really believe that this could be his breakthrough season, but he needs to be given the chance first.
And though it slipped under the radar somewhat about 10 days ago, the club releasing Toni Silva was a great disappointment to me. Having only watched him star in the U18′s thrashing of Exeter a couple of weeks ago – scoring the goal of the match – it was a real shock to find him being released only days later.
A poorly timed (and quickly removed) tweet from Suso over the weekend, in which he said ‘Liverpool… back with the reserves on Tuesday… nothing changes,’ went largely unnoticed in the mainstream press but the message was loud and clear. For a young player that has just starred at a major youth tournament and then impressed everybody in a few cameos on the tour of the US, it is a major annoyance to the player and the fans to hear that he will likely not feature next season.
With the likelihood of Dani Pacheco having a future at the club being slim-to-none, it would only compound the disappointment to see another talented youngster from Rafa Benitez’s reign be moved on too. And that is the fear with many of the talented youth that we’re currently lucky enough to have: they’re going to be sold, loaned to death or just be forgotten about, meanwhile we’ll squander more money and live to regret it, when these young stars come back to haunt us in the years to come.
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