What a difference a day can make. There was absolutely no news on the transfer front this time yesterday but now Liverpool have confirmed they have agreed a deal for Charlie Adam, apparently have had a £15million rejected for Stewart Downing and tied up Glen Johnson to a new long term deal.
On Charlie Adam specifically, the move for the Scot has always slightly confused me considering the plethora of central midfield talent already at the club. With Jordan Henderson already at the club, along with the likes of Alberto Aquilani, Raul Meireles, Steven Gerrard, Lucas and Jay Spearing, it suggests to me that one or perhaps both of Aquilani and Meireles will be departing this summer.
Considering the talent that both Aquilani and Meireles do possess, it means Charlie Adam has a lot to live up to. King Kenny obviously sees something in the player and that is more than enough for me to trust that this should be a good move for us, but Adam will be going into a completely different environment to the one he has been used to as captain at Blackpool.
Of what I have seen of Charlie Adam this season, the overriding impression I have got that he possesses an excellent passing range. It has led some to suggest that he could be a like-or-like replacement for Xabi Alonso. From my point of view, Adam is a totally different player to the Basque and has more traits similar to either Meireles or Aquilani.
Although he can play in the holding midfield role, Charlie prefers to take up a lot more attacking positions and loves to be in the final third of the pitch to pick out a pass. Saying that though, it must be said that Adam loves the long raking diagonal ball, and can pick out players expertly to set up attacks for his side.