HAVING discussed, read and produced many articles this summer concerning the ever changing transfer targets that bounce through Liverpool like an unwelcome beach ball, one name seems to appear that derives a positive reaction from our supporters.
The constant links with Gaston Ramirez are almost as ubiquitous as the praise with which the transfer rumour has been received by.
With the rumour mill now coughing up major stories that the youngster will almost certainly be on his way to Anfield, a closer look at the man who could reignite faith in Liverpool’s transfer policy that has raised eyebrows in lieu of the under-par performances of last summer’s acquisitions, could indicate why Ramirez is so popular.
First of all, signing such a young and talented playmaker would be a major coup, especially as Premier League rivals are all searching to acquire a Ramirez of their own. Too often are clubs fearful of paying over the odds for a young player, concerned that they may not mature and develop in the Premier League. A gamble needs to be taken to ensure that the most talented young stars reach our shores.
Gaston is rated extremely highly in both Italy, where he plies his trade, and Uruguay, his country of birth. Scoring 8 goals from midfield for Bologna last season, Ramirez was the catalyst for many of the ’Rossoblu’s’ attacking plays. Having already secured nearly a dozen caps for his country, the dazzling youngster demonstrated his abilities in Uruguay’s opening game of the ongoing Olympics by scoring a sublime free kick against the UAE. This announcement on the world stage will undoubtedly have increased his cavalry of admirers.
What the 21-year old would need to adapt to, is the formation with which Brendan Rodgers is likely to start the new campaign. Ramirez tends to play just behind the striker, a position that is filled at Liverpool by none other than Steven Gerrard. The club will not be spending the reported cash on the Uruguayan in order for him to warm the bench, waiting for the skipper to eventually run out of steam. Ramirez would likely be deployed as a winger. While he has been known to adapt to either wing with relative success, the performances that prompted the Italian press to label the youngster ’the new Kaka’, have been centred on his domination in the middle of the park.
Serie A is not the dominating league that it used to be. Often players who excel in Italy will fail to perform in Spain or England. While Ramirez has all the qualities to adapt well and fill most necessary quotas for a Premier League player, he will need to improve his strength if he is to maintain his current form. However, with Jose Enrique feasibly playing behind him and Luis Suarez playing in front, the former Penarol player would have no trouble with communication and would settle easily. While Suarez may not be the best mentor to help gain popularity within the Premier League, the presence of his compatriot would make the transition a smooth process.
Whether this transfer rumour has a positive conclusion to it is still unconfirmed. However, what can be said is that should Liverpool take the gamble and make Ramirez a Red, it could be one of the more popular and ultimately successful signings in recent years.
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