After Liverpool Football Club’s transfer deadline-day calamities many people will be wondering just what is going on at Anfield, and the truth is nobody seems to know.
Yesterday, John W. Henry, Liverpool’s principal owner, wrote an open letter to fans of the Merseyside club explaining his thoughts on the matter. In it he explained how he is “as disappointed as anyone connected with Liverpool Football Club that we were unable to add further to our strike force in this summer transfer window.” At this point I would like to remind John W. Henry and everybody else that most of the people who are disappointed about the failure to add to the strike force are not actually in a position to do anything about it, unlike Henry.
Henry then goes on to explain that a transfer window in which they added Allen, Borini, Sahin, Yesil and Assaidi “could hardly be deemed a failure as we build for the future.” Let’s have a quick run-through of these players then:
Joe Allen has had one season in the Premier League and although he has been magnificent since he joined The Reds, it remains to be seen whether he will be able to keep up these performances. As a Liverpool fan, I hope he can keep it up but there are never any guarantees in football.
Fabio Borini is still unproven in the Premier League, yet it is now apparent that he will have to carry the Liverpool front-line alongside Luis Suarez at least until January, a big ask for such a young player.
Nuri ahin is a great passer of the ball and would undoubtedly be classed as a great signing, but he is only at Anfield on loan as things stand and as such could hardly be considered a player for the future.
Samed Yesil has got a fantastic goalscoring record in under-age and reserve-team football and if nurtured properly could turn out to be a world-class striker in the future. Without strikers in the side right now, however, Liverpool could easily cement their place as a mid-table team by then and could be forced to lose Yesil without much of a fight.
Oussama Assaidi also looked to be a quality signing when he was bought from Heerenveen for a sum of just £3 million, but since then has failed to make an appearance for the club. Is it a bit premature to call this a success too, then?
This letter will no doubt go down as a great piece of PR for FSG, especially when compared to the previous owners at Liverpool, who never took time to communicate with the fans. I am however forced to question the truthfulness of it, most notably the line where Henry outlines that FSG “have no fear of spending and competing with the very best.”
This seems like a pretty wild claim to make based on the evidence put in front of us in the transfer window just gone.
FSG need to support Brendan Rodgers in his quest to turn the fortunes of Liverpool Football Club around, or risk the Kop breaking out the “Thanks But No Yanks” signs again.
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