Sunderland have completed a deal worth up to £12million for Ipswich striker Connor Wickham.
Wickham had been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool with suggestions that the striker himself wanted to join Liverpool this summer ahead of any other club. But unfortunately Wickham’s dream has not been realised and he has had to settle on joining Sunderland.
Now the questions will start to ring among the Liverpool fans, “Why did we not sign Wickham?”
Firstly, Sunderland have bought Wickham for a reported £8million cash and that fee will increase to £12million dependent on the players goals, appearances, European qualification and future England appearances. Liverpool probably looked at this and saw that Wickham is not worth the amount that Ipswich want to sell him for. Yes we may have money to spend but we are not going to go around and splash it out on a player who does not meet our valuation.
Sunderland have cash in the bank, ironically from Liverpool after we bought Jordan Henderson from them and they more than likely still have some left over from selling Darren Bent. So to Sunderland £8million may not be a lot of money for them to part with.
Still staying on the money point although it touches on another reason Liverpool may not have bought Wickham, £8million is a lot to spend on a player who does not have any Premier League experience under his belt, especially since he is only 18 years old.
Dalglish probably looked at the fact that we already have a young hot striking prospect in the form of Adam Morgan and thus we do not need another young striker who we would have to rely on if Suarez and Carroll are injured. What Liverpool need is another fairly experienced and talented striker to come in as back up.
If Suarez or Carroll were to have a long term injury where they sit out for three months, I do not think Wickham is ready to fill in that role and be our go-to-striker. We have seen this with David Ngog, he never really delivered when called upon and thus we need someone of a higher caliber to come in.
Liverpool are setting out to buy the best young talent in Britain and Wickham is in that bracket but we have let him go. There is surely a reason we did not pursue Wickham with more aggression.