It is easy for one to forget about the current Liverpool players out on loan this season when you look at how well our current players have been doing. What is great to note though is that the likes of Robinson, Suso, Borini, Wisdom and Coady who are out on loan have been playing very well and Brendan Rodgers is going to have a tough time deciding on what to do with their futures.
Another player out on loan at Stoke, Oussama Assaidi has also been having a very good season. The Moroccan midfielder has however been out injured of late having started to establish himself in the Stoke side. With the season almost up and his loan spell coming to an end, Assaidi has made it clear that he is still under contract with Liverpool but will not want to sit on the bench if he returns to Anfield next season.
Assaidi said: “I’m unsure what Stoke or Liverpool wants. I am really happy to play for Stoke and I am happy they gave me a chance to play regularly.
“I still have a contract with Liverpool and I hope the boss (Brendan Rodgers) gives me a chance.
“If not, I do not want to sit on the bench because I want to play games, so you never know what can happen in the future.”
25-year old Assaidi would have learnt a lot whilst at Stoke and gotten used to the pace of the English game having joined Liverpool in the summer of 2012. There is no doubt he is a talent and very few players in the league are quicker than him. Assaidi could provide an option for Rodgers next season with his sheer pace as we seem to be playing very well with pacey players in the side. Technically, Assaidi may not be that great but given some time under Rodgers at Melwood, he could be molded into a really great winger.
But with Assaidi now saying that he would not want to sit on the bench, I can not see him being a regular starter for the Reds next season. So if he is adamant that being part of the squad is not what he wants then maybe it is time for Rodgers to cash in on the winger whilst there is still some interest following his impressive displays for Stoke.
Assess where he is over the summer, make a decision then. I’ve always been impresed by him, I think he’s an unpredictable player that’s always worth bringing on at the end, whether it’s to add energy in pressing and breaking down or trying to chase a late goal, as he successfully proved he can do against Chelsea this year. Ultimately, he could be a safer option than spending big on a Konoplyanka or Iturbe style player if he does looks up to scratch over the summer.
Jeez….what are you going on about? It’s not like he’s a starter at Stoke. Plus, next season when we play in Europe, there are going to be a lot of mid-week games followed by the week end ones. You need a big squad for that. So, if Assaidi proves himself to be good enough to BR, am sure he will start at least some and be on the bench for others. It makes no sense for us to sell him and buy others to create a big-enough squad.
How does it make no sense for us to sell him an buy someone better? Can you explain that logic please? He was bought without Rodgers’ say so. BR deemed him not good enough to even come off the bench in his 1st season. He was then loaned out this season to get him off the wages even though we have a tiny squad and BR is clearly looking for a winger. So what on Earth makes you think Assaidi is all of a sudden going to be the answer? He’s not good enough to start league games for stoke, so he’s not good enough to start league games for us. You can bet your left nut he isn’t good enough to be starting CL games, so that just leaves the cup, where the likes of Ibe, Tirexia etc will be hungry for game time.
Sorry but the writing is on the wall for Assaidi, Aspas etc. Do we want to have players because its more convenient to keep them, or do we want the very best, that our manager has complete faith in to go out and do the business?
We have too many like him too small ,ie Suso ,Aspas , Allen , start getting a bit of power in the squad , or get them in the gym it has worked for Sterling.
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