Liverpool Transfer Rumors: A Look at Barcelona's Dutch Winger Ibrahim Afellay
Ibrahim Afellay has started just one game (out of four, the rest coming off the bench) for Barcelona. He had sustained a knee-ligament injury back in September, playing in just two games at the start of the season—against Osasuna for 29 minutes, where Barça won 8-0 and against Rayo Vallecano for 17 minutes, where Barça won 7-0.
Afellay is a very good passer of the ball, unfortunately he's not the best at crossing. He is technically gifted which offsets his weak physical frame. However, he does not contribute much, if anything, towards the defensive end of the game. That would be a bit of a concern for new Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, as he wants his forwards to press the ball as much as possible.
However, Afellay does pass and move. He usually makes short passes and tries to exploit space between him and the defender with quick one-twos.
The injury-prone winger came back for the Dutch international squad and was part of the team that won 2-0 against Slovakia. He had a hand in forcing the first goal—an embarrassing own goal by Slovakian defender Kornel Salata.
Afellay can produce the goods, we've seen him do this on the international level and in club level. It's just that he's been out-of-commission for so long that clubs are hesitating to make a bid for him.
However, after a run in the Euro this summer, his stock is sure to rise if he does produce a run on the left wing against Slovakia.
Should Liverpool make a bid for him? I think it's best that the Reds leave this one alone.
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