Liverpool have been linked with a move for Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon over the last couple of days. Nothing concrete has come out of this speculation yet with neither Liverpool or Tottenham saying anything. Personally, I would like it to remain this why as I do not feel Lennon is the marquee winger we should be signing this summer.
We do need to sign a a quality winger this summer who can come straight into the first team and do a decent job. For me Stewart Downing or Juan Mata are the best candidates for the job. Downing more so because he already has Premier League experience under his belt whereas with Mata we do not know if he will take a season to adjust to the league or he will do a Suarez and settle in straight away.
Going back to Lennon, the reason for me I feel Liverpool should not even entertain the thought of signing him is because we already have a player just like Lennon, if not better, in the form of Raheem Sterling.
Under Kenny Dalglish, many Liverpool youngsters have been given a chance in the first team and Dalglish is going to continue giving youth a chance for as long as he is in charge. Sterling is one of the hottest prospects at the Liverpool Academy right now and he came so close to getting a run out with the first team towards the end of last season when he traveled with the squad for a Europa League tie. This coming season, we are surely going to see Sterling have a chance in the first team even if it is a bit part role as Kenny is not going to rush him into the limelight before he believes he is ready.
Now if we have Aaron Lennon on our books, the chances of Sterling getting chances in the first team will be even smaller and thus diminishing his growth. Why should we go out and spend £20million on Lennon when in a season or two, Sterling will be ready for the first team?
ElPistoleroJFT96 put together a video of Sterling’s display for England Under 17’s at the World Cup recently where our winger scored an amazing goal. With a bit more work and the guidance of Kenny Dalglish, Sterling is going to turn into a star and why should his prospects be disturbed by an Aaron Lennon.