This is my first ever blog post, and I aim to regularly post on here and make videos related to Liverpool Football Club on my youtube channel which can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/user/SuperSubDickinson?feature=mhee
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Right, now onto what this blog post is actually about – LFC’s transfer dealings this Summer, the ins in part 1 and the outs in part 2, and what impact it will have on the squad.
Now to the 7 players brought into the club since 1st July 2011 –
- Jordan Henderson, £16million
- Charlie Adam, £8.5million
- Alexander Doni, free
- Stewart Downing, £20million
- Jose Enrique, £6million
- Seb Coates, £7million
- Craig Bellamy on a free.
Thats a total spend of £57.5million, if you add that to the £52million spent in January that takes our total spend to £112.5million over the past 8 months. But what the press are forgetting is that we’ve also sold £82million worth of players over the same period, and by this time next year we’ll have saved £30million on wages for the forthcoming season, which if you add both figures together you get almost the total spend over the last 8 months. Not a bad bit of business by Damien and Kenny if you ask me.
But now onto the players themselves.
Jordan Henderson looked like a lost sheep in his first 3 matches against Sunderland, Arsenal and Exeter but he put in a solid shift against Bolton at the weekend, and it will only be a matter of time to see whether he will be worth the £16million spent on him, however us as the fans need to cut him some slack and back him even when he has his off days. It’ll take time for a young lad to settle in, no disrespect to SAFC fans, but it’s a big step up. It also depends where Kenny plays him. He can be played as a rm, and where he has played his first 4 games, but he can also play in the middle of the park. I think his best postion would be cm, but that area is already overloaded with the likes of Stevie G and the ever impressive Lucas along with local boy Spearing and Adam. We will just have to wait and see.
Charlie Adam. At first I was a bit sceptical of this move, as paying £8.5million for a player who was sold to Blackpool for £250,o0o because he couldn’t get into the Rangers team seemed a bit of a risk. Although he had a fantastic season in the tangerine orange of the seasiders, i wasn’t sure that he could make the step up. Although he has had a solid start to the season I can’t see him starting when Gerrard is back fit again, they are too similar to play in the same team, and you can’t take Lucas out as he has improved year on year and provides the balance to the team.
Alexander Doni. Not alot to say from my view, don’t know alot about him just know he has been signed as back up to Reina from Roma. Seems decent enough, better than Brad Jones anyway. But Reina is an ever present and unless he gets injured it’ll be hard to see when Doni will play, but on a free, you can never complain.
Stewart Downing is one of the more interesting ones. Priced at £20million- £4million more than his ex-villa team mate – Ashley Young. Is he worth it? Personally I’d rather have signed Young, but he had has sights set on MUFC from the start, so Downing will have to do. Priced at £20million, probably double what he’s worth he has a lot to live up at Liverpool, but he could be the missing link in the team that we have been missing for so long. Relatively quick, made the most successful crosses last year and can beat players, could he be the key to our push for Champions League football? I was impressed with him against SAFC, but not so much against AFC. Once again time will tell how much of a good buy he will be for LFC.
Jose Enrique. Probably our best buy of the Summer transfer window. Athletic, strong, both offensive and defensive, looks like he may have just solved our LB problems. Very impressive in all of his displays so far this season, if his form continues he could be the buy of the season at only £6million.
Now onto Seb Coates, the 20 year-old Uruguayan from Nacional. Voted best player at the Copa America ahead of the likes of Ganso/Neymar (who was nailed on favourite for it before the tournament started). Standing at 6ft6, LFC’s 2nd tallest player only beaten by none other than big man crouchy! A long term replacement for Carra, and maybe a future partnership with Danny Wilson? Never seen this guy play before so can’t tell you how good he will be, but from all the reviews he seems like a good buy, & having Suarez in the team will help in settle in, and also keep him on his toes in training!
Finally onto Craig Bellamy. Signed on a free at the 11th hour. At 32 years old, has he still got that pace that ripped defences to shreds two seasons ago at City? If so looks a very tidy buy on a free transfer, and he also agreed to slash his wages from £80,000 a week to £40,000. Well done Damien!
Cheers for reading guys, part 2 – the departures coming soon! 🙂
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Stay red, YNWA!