Which of these wingers should Liverpool sign?
Our resident Liverpool correspondent – Editor of Live4Liverpool – takes a glance at three potential wingers who could be available this January…
Growing up, my three favourite Liverpool players were Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman and John Barnes. A lethal natural goalscorer, and two very gifted wingers who could provide guaranteed supply from the wide areas. Since the early to mid 90s though, and the departures of all those players from the club, we have only replaced one, the lethal natural goalscorer. Fernando Torres is the current Robbie Fowler, but where are the wingers? Have we ever bothered to replace them? No, we haven’t, and I am certain that one of King Kenny’s top priorities will be to find a player in this January transfer window who can not only provide a threat from out wide, but can also frighten the life out of defences with their sheer speed. Although there are many options that could be suggested, players such as Arda Turan, Pablo Hernandez, Juan Mata, and Balazs Dzsudzsak, the three players who are most constantly linked with us recently are Ashley Young, Stewart Downing and Charles N’Zogbia. Out of these three, which one would you buy? I have offered my opinion on all three below:
Ashley Young – My favourite out of the three for one fundamental reason: pace. At 25 years of age, the Aston Villa winger is getting into the prime of his career, and with Villa currently struggling at the bottom of the table, Young maybe looking for a new challenge, especially as his contract expires at the end of next season. According to Sky Sports, the Reds made an enquiry about the player, along with Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal, but the one thing the Reds can guarantee unlike these other clubs is first team football. Perhaps Young may believe that he would be moving to another mid-table team like Villa but with a manager like Kenny Dalglish and the top talent already at the club, he should be confident in believing that the only way is up for the Reds. He can play either on the right or even behind the striker, but his preferred position is on the left where he can cut in onto his right foot to shoot or put in a dangerous cross. He is also a very good free kick taker.
Stewart Downing – The Reds have also said to have enquired about the availability of Downing with Villa, as well as Young, and the winger would certainly be a different option to his team-mate. He is remarkably Villa’s top goal scorer with five goals this season and his prolific start to the season in front of goal has seen the 26 year old hit a rich vein of form. For me though, the prospect of having Stewart Downing on one side, with Dirk Kuyt on the right, would not fill any opposition defence with dread, as although Downing is quicker than Kuyt, he is not lightning fast, and it would reinforce an already one paced attack. Speed kills in football in my view, and for us to be a threat at the top of the league again, we need an injection of pace into the team and Downing would not fit the bill.
Charles N’Zogbia – My second choice behind Young, the Frenchman does have great dribbling ability and an abundance of pace. He has certainly been Wigan’s best player over the last 18 months but that’s not saying an awful lot considering the performance of the Latics during that time. Saying that though, N’Zogbia is a class performer but I would like to see him perform at this level for a longer period of time before I am convinced he is good enough to play at Liverpool. He has scored some excellent solo goals at Wigan, with a cracking goal coming against Newcastle this season, and is a massive threat with his forward runs from counter attacks. He is certainly another option to consider.
Who should Liverpool sign? Give us your thoughts!
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