Another new signing and more questions and answers come from it.
Stewart Downing is an England international but these days that doesnt take much to achieve. He offers us width and has alot of experience in the Premier League but how does his signing impact the midfield that we have?
There is little movement of transfers at the moment and it makes me wonder where everyone is going to fit in. A midfield that has a list of Spearing, Lucas, Joe Cole, Meireles, Gerrard, Adam, Henderson, Maxi, Poulsen, Kuyt, Shelvey, Aqualani and now Downing. A total of 13 midfielders that have a chance of being in the first team. Thats also nearly half of the 25 man squad that need to be registered so no doubt not all of them will be included or sufficient backup will be lacking in other areas of the pitch.
Poulsen’s agent claims he is staying to fight for his future. Sounds more like he won’t get a better deal anywhere else. Rumours of Cole, Maxi and Meireles leaving. Can anyone match Cole’s wages? Who will stump up more than what we paid for Meireles? Maxi went on record suggesting he would return to South America if we would let him leave on a free or for next to nothing. I’m not a massive fan of Shelvey but he is still young and maybe a run in the side in the Cups will help him progress.
Assuming Cole, Maxi and Meireles do go that will leave our midfield with Spearing, Lucas, Gerrard, Adam, Henderson, Aquilani, Poulsen, Kuyt, Shelvey and Downing. Instantly I feel Poulsen will be a bench warmer. Due to our summer buys Lucas may get less game time too unless our formation alters from 4-4-2 or someone suffers a major injury. To accomodate our three buys Kuyt may be on the bench more as I don’t see Kenny dropping Stevie G if he’s fit. Kuyt could also be used as a backup to Suarez and Carroll which gives an extra option up front.
Aqualani’s agent seems to have been trying to engineer a move back to Italy firstly to Juventus and then to Fiorentina. Now thats fizzled out he’s happy to wear a red shirt this coming season. Aqualani has alot to prove in the Premier League but to do this he will need constant game time to find his best form and maintain it. This just doesnt seem possible to me unless he is required to fill in for someone not available.
If the summer goes as planned we are hopefully seeing some people moved on to not overload the midfielders on our books. This will help bring in the revenue again so maybe some of the wages we remove and transfer fees we get back will go some way to satisfying the bank balance.
Who will still be at Liverpool by the time the window shuts?
Where will they all fit in during the season?
Who would you prefer to stay and who are you happy to see leave?