Liverpool Eye Two Dutch Wingers For Carroll
£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!