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.
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He is brilliant
A lot of midfielders in the reds camp. Which i like to see, squad depth. And all that talk about selling meireles is just obsured, theres space for all in the squad. (correct if spelling is wrong.
Glen/Kelly JC/Skrtel Agger/Soto NewLB/or glen
Kuyt Meireles/Aqua Suarez
Well I think thats where i would have the midfielders playing if that is the chosen formation. Maybe adam CAM and aqua CM. I dont know but what is clear is that we need:
A Left Back
A winger or 2 so kuyt can go back to being a striker
Another striker possibly
and maybe another Centre back as JC and soto are getting on and agger is a bit injury prone but god hope he has a season where he is fully fit.
But if we play with a formation with two strikers we wont need another striker as such. what you guys think ?
This article is absolutely misleading and inaccurate. Aquilani and Mireles similar to Adam? I think not. We need bite and fire in midfield when the going gets tough. That’s why we lost the last two games last season to Spurs and Villa. British players have that fire in the belly. I don’t think Aquilani or Mireles will lay down their lives for Liverpool when the going gets tough.
Look – Arsenal hasn’t won a thing for years, even though they play their pretty football. Previously, they had experienced british players in the back four. We have Gerrard and Carragher, but they are getting older and planning needs to be undertaken to replace them. Man Yoo still recruits top quality british players.