I really can’t deny that the opinions around Nuri Sahin’s signing for Liverpool were interesting. From somebody that knows little of the player, I was slightly perplexed by both the positive reaction of many Reds and the negative reactions from Arsenal fans at both their club’s inability to sign him and our own clubs’ temerity for pipping them to it.
Now, as I said, I know very little about him. Other than he captained Dortmund to the Bundesliga a couple of seasons ago, at the grand old age of 21.
He went on to sign for the third biggest club in the world (after Liverpool and Barcelona, of course) and had little game time last year in the Spanish capital.
I’m sure that many people don’t have a clue about him, but the fact that Real signed him at such a young age tells them that he surely has to be good. I’m prepared to go along with the majority and, am thus, quite excited to see what he is capable of.
However, the question I do have is this: where the hell does he fit in? A quick glance at our midfield options at the season opener against West Brom seemed to give the suggestion that, given our manager’s supposed preference, we’ll play a 3-man midfield and that it would consist of Lucas, Joe Allen and Steven Gerrard. A front 3 of Downing, Borini and Suarez, just ahead. But Sahin’s signing confuses things slightly.
A player for whom we’re paying almost 70k a week in wages isn’t going to sit on the bench. But does that mean that Downing will be dropped? Or perhaps Borini? Maybe Gerrard will be pushed into that front 3 and Nuri will occupy our captain’s preferred role? It’s really too soon to say but the one thing that’s clear is that, his quality, wages, the fact that he will wear the number 4 and the press around his signing would suggest that he will have an important role to play over the next 12 months.
And while the likes of Spearing and Charlie Adam seem to be on their way out, our new signing appears to add some much needed penetrative quality to our midfield that could well turn out to be very welcome this season. So, where exactly does our new star fit in for you?