WHEN it was announced we had beaten Arsenal to the loan signing of Turkish playmaker Nuri Sahin, I was of course delighted.
Sahin is the type of player most fans would love – he has a terrific left foot, can pick a pass as good as anyone and chips in with his fair share of goals. So the big question is: Why isn’t it working with him for Liverpool?
Sahin is a luxury player, and when he started for us against Arsenal it was clear to see he wasn’t fully match fit. An injury plagued season at Real Madrid meant he would always be playing catch-up in regards to fitness and blending into Rodgers’ much talked about game plan, but at times it looks like he was playing in reverse.
One amazing cameo against West Brom in the Capital One Cup aside, The Turk has flattered to deceive which is a real shame for Liverpool as they lack true creativity in the middle of the park. Rodgers’ philosophy is for players to express creativity but matched with hard work as well.
A loan fee and on high wages, Sahin is now expected to return to Real Madrid, or join another club on loan, allowing us to look at further options besides the imminent arrival of Thomas Ince back to the club from Blackpool.
Sahin will no doubt regain his best form and become the player we know he can be, but at this moment in time Liverpool need players who can perform now. Sahin’s position should be contested between Suso and Jonjo Shelvey; two players who have shown this season they deserve more game time with the undroppable captain nailing down the last remaining midfield slot (something I highly disagree with – a few good crosses into the box should not guarantee you a starting place, although his form has picked up of late).
Good luck in the future, Nuri, it just hasn’t happened for you here.