Liverpool Eye Two Dutch Wingers For Carroll

By on April 10, 2011

£35 million is a lot of money, and as Liverpool are finding, if you spend it all on one player but don’t use his main asset to your advantage, you won’t always get your moneys worth. It could be worse though – they could still have Fernando Torres. Anyway, Liverpool will reportedly look to exploit Andy Carroll’s heading talents by purchasing two natural wingers – something severely lacking a Liverpool; both Barcelona’s Ibrahim Afellay and Hamburg’s Eljero Elia.

In October of last year, Afellay, a now 25 year old Barcelona player said:

“Playing in the Premier League would be best for my prestige. I’d like to play for Liverpool or Manchester United , the top-level prospect for any player.

In the January transfer market however, he completed a move to Barcelona – a move which was quite an odd move for the player. Surely if an inexperienced attacking midfielder wanted to play games, they wouldn’t attempt to push players like Lionel Messi, Xavi, Iniesta and Sergio Busquets out of a side by joining Barcelona. Nevertheless, the deal was done, and unsurprisingly, Afellay has since found that his game time has been limited to only 9 League games.

Liverpool held a keen interest in Afellay before his move to the Nou Camp, and as the summer window approaches, talkSPORT claim:

“talkSPORT understands Afellay will speak with officials at the Nou Camp regarding his future in the coming weeks and if there are no assurances over his future, he will be free to leave this summer.”

You may ask why Barcelona will want to sell a player they have only just purchased. Some say that it was simply a money making ploy on Barcelona’s half. They recognised his potential, and saw that his contract at PSV was almost up, they had a tiny three million euro offer accepted, and signed the player to a long term contract. They now hope to sell him on for a lot more than they bought him for, due to the length of his contract at Barcelona. It’s intriguing, but certainly a possibility.

On to Eljero Elia now, and another player that Liverpool were reportedly very close to signing in the January transfer window. His club, Hamburg confirmed a bid was received for Elia, but not from Liverpool, rather Wigan Athletic. However, a £13 million bid for the 24 year-old was quoted in certain publications, and Liverpool remain interested with Damien Comolli eyeing possible promising transfers.

There is no doubting that Elia has potential. In 2009 he was awarded the Johan Cruijff Award for “Young Player of the Year” in the Netherlands – an award that has previously been won by Arsenal legends Dennis Bergkamp and Marc Overmars as well as Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben and Rafael van der Vaart.

It seems Elia’s services will be available in the summer too, as Hamburg’s Technical Director Bastian Reinhardt admitted that he would be available if a “good offer” was submitted:

“In sporting terms we would like to keep him. But when we receive a good offer…”

So, this may be music to Andy Carroll’s and Liverpool fans’ ears. Next season may see the start of a new Liverpool, thriving on wingers’ crosses into the box to be headed down expertly by the big Englishman to the predatory Luiz Suarez to finish with a goal. It looks like a recipe for success. But Liverpool need the investment first.

Tell me what you think!

Submitted by DBSFootball

10 Comments

  1. Paul_aus

    April 10, 2011 at 3:28 am

    Clubs like to keep there most important assets, Eljero Elia is a good player l but i have watched him play many times now and he seems to lack in the final third of his play. Personally if he was as good as he was made out to be than im sure other teams other then Wigan athletic would be bidding for him… no disrespect to Wigan.

  2. Manish

    April 10, 2011 at 6:12 am

    i think we shud sell one of our wingers before getting the two of these Dutchmen. we do need quick young wingers who put infinite crosses into the box, cuz our current wingers arent doing so, as they only look to cut inside the box and miss the opportunity to cross in. i think afellay and elia do have the potential to beat defenders, fullback with their speed and top notched skills, So, go for it liverpool.
    Sell Maxi Rodriguez, or loan him. And we shud get a decent left full back too since Konchesky is leaving back to Fulham this summer. I think spending millions on the Centre backs is not worthy since we have Carra, Skrytel, Agger and Now kelly too.

    • Donncha

      April 10, 2011 at 11:29 am

      Paul, i can see wat u are sayin, but the only thing i can think of is when valencia was signed by wigan, i thought he looked like a really talented player in the world cup, but only wigan tried to sign him… now he is man uniteds first choice right winger…

      Manish, i do think we need to sign 2 centre backs and sell skrtyl cos he is not good enough, and agger is too injury prone

  3. farhan

    April 10, 2011 at 7:54 am

    I think we should sell our 3 so called wingers max, joe cole , jovanovic and then buy these 2 players. Afellay is good but i doubt elia instead of him we can go for perrotti or adam johnson, arda tudan, marco marin, shaquiri, sanchez, balazs dzsudzsak, jesus navas,

  4. frank

    April 10, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Whatever the decision that LFC ponders upon and act, “wingers” are very essential in getting goals. Remember the Frenchman – Marc Ovrmars ??? , Henri ??? They are exciting to watch when they have the ball at their feet !

    • barry mc

      April 10, 2011 at 10:39 am

      overmars was dutch

  5. Adedoyin

    April 10, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Yes affella is a good player, instead of elia why don’t you go for lennon.

  6. Rogue

    April 10, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Affellay is no doubt a very talented player. Eljero Elia on the other hand…only has pace but not enough creativity and skills to run down opposing teams’ fullbacks’. So, get Marin instead.

    Ibrahim Affellay – 12M
    Marko Marin – 12M

  7. rayne

    April 10, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    i prefer aaron lenon or alexis sanchez,they both possess explosive pace and sanchez is quite strong

  8. Anfield faithful

    April 10, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    I’d rather we go for Adam Johnson, he is a pacy winger with the attacking instincts of a quality striker, swift and skillful, good passer of the ball and also posseses the ability to score crucial goals. If liverpool can acquire him, he ticks all the boxes….

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