When thinking of regretful transfers, many names can spring to mind of players who have been brought in and been completely terrible, not least some names regarding Liverpool. Those players who you’re unsure about when they first arrive, but you’ll try to get excited anyway by watching as many YouTube compilations as possible.
Liverpool are no exception to this, and the football world have had many laughs in recent times – from bringing in strikers such as Andriy Voronin and Andy Carroll, to being completely ripped off by Ian Holloway, as he presented Charlie Adam as the Scottish Andrea Pirlo, he’s like football’s bloody version of Del-boy Trotter.
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But what about outgoing transfers? There will be no regrets by Liverpool fans for getting rid of the parasitical Raheem Sterling, but there is one man who came through the team at the same time as him, who fans may wish they held on to.
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Suso always had plenty of quality, and was unlucky to be shipped out at a time when the Liverpool squad didn’t have a great deal of depth. Yep, today’s Liverpool are playing great at the moment – and he probably wouldn’t get into the starting XI, but he’s the type of player that would thrive after some time learning from Jurgen Klopp.
Suso’s recent form is bittersweet for Liverpool fans, it’s nice to see a former player do well (as long as it’s not for a rival) but it seems that Brendan Rodgers was unable to get the best out of him.
Should the Spaniard continue to shine in the Serie A, he may turn out to be one of Liverpool’s biggest transfer regrets in recent times. Barcelona look to be eyeing up Philippe Coutinho, surely they’re not going to break Liverpool hearts again by snatching away their prized asset once more!? Liverpool may need some of Coutinho’s old ‘Cut in and scuff shot wide’ style to return if the Reds are to keep them away in the summer. And, given the Brazilian’s recent knock against Sunderland, Suso could have been the perfect man to step up.
If we can take anything from Jurgen Klopp’s management skills, how he gets the best out of the players is probably the most impressive trait. Although he enjoys a trip to the strip club or two, Adam Lallana has been brilliant under the German, and it’s likely Suso would have followed the same path if he was still at the club.
Much unlike the welcome and relieving sales of the Scotland’s Pirlo, Charlie Adam and Middlesborough’s own Ronaldo, Stewart Downing, The A.C Milan man could certainly be a player that fans wish Brendan Rodgers held on to. Currently though, Liverpool are in no urgent need of goals, but we know how fickle fans can be – one bad run of form = create as many hypothetical scenarios as possible for the result or demand a player is sold.
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Few people had heard of Sunderland’s record signing before his arrival at the Stadium of Light and, while it’s still early days, it seems that there was good reason for that. Quite frankly, if you don’t stand out from the crowd of Lee Cattermole, Jan Kirchhoff, and Jack Rodwell, then you’re probably not worth the £13.8m that the Black Cats reportedly paid.
Tottenham chairman, Daniel Levy, has a reputation for brokering brilliant deals from a financial perspective, but even he must’ve been laughing his bollocks off when completing the £13m sale of Ryan Mason to a newly promoted Hull City. Mason might be a member of England’s ‘one cap wonder’ club, but the fact he is the Tigers’ record signing is nothing short of laughable. And if you’re one of the many fans thinking he’s still young, think again. He’s actually 25.
Rafa Benitez may have been ridiculed at various stages in his career, but fetching THIRTY MILLION POUNDS for a player that didn’t want to be at the club proves he is a genius. Moussa Sissoko is a talent on his day, but those moments occur about as regularly as a funny episode of Mrs Brown’s Boys. The only man currently pleased to see the Frenchman at White Hart Lane is Vincent Janssen.
The three promoted clubs had no choice but to spend some money ahead of the new season, and I doubt anyone has any real issue with buying a very good Championship player in the hope he can make the step up. However, breaking the £10m barrier to do it, as was the case with Burnley’s capture of Jeff Hendrick is a little hard to swallow – especially when they could’ve just worked harder to keep Joey Barton.
On the face of it, £32m is probably the going rate for a striker of Michy Batshuayi’s standing. Spending that sort of money on a striker who is essentially warming the bench, on the other hand, is nothing short of ludicrous. Luckily for Roman Abramovic, that sort of money is a drop in the ocean.
With a brand new sparkly stadium and the promise of a major £20m+ striker, West Ham fans could have been forgiven for their heightened optimism in the summer. However, it’s all gone a little tits up in 2016-17, not least when it comes to strikers. Instead, they ended up with a striker who scored 12 last year in what was the most prolific season of his campaign.
It’s been over two decades since Arsene Wenger managed in Japan, but the Arsenal boss simply cannot help himself. After the previous failures of Junichi Inamoto and Ryo Miyaichi, the Gunners are at it again wth Takumo Asano. Despite the minimal fee involved, the only positive is that it will boost Arsenal’s commercial endeavours in that part of the world. If this was an incentive behind the purchase, the game has gone mad.
We’ve all been tempted to take back an ex boyfriend or girlfriend in the past, but most of are smart enough to resist the urge. Unfortunately for Manchester United, they didn’t only bring back a player they’d once cast aside. They also paid a world record transfer fee in the process. Given what Jose Mourinho had been through with Chelsea, you’d have thought he’d have known that things are never as good the second time around.