New Liverpool Signing Oussama Assaidi (in blue)
Brendan Rodgers had signalled his intent yesterday to sign two new players in the next 48 hours. News just broke, according ESPN Soccernet, that Liverpool have acquired the services of Moroccan winger Oussama Assaidi from Dutch side SC Heerenveen.
In recent interviews as Liverpool ended their preseason preparations, Rodgers stated he aimed to bring a style of play similar to the style he instilled in his previous post with Swansea to Liverpool. Swansea's style was based around a heavily pass-oriented build-up and often ended with explosion from their wingers, Scott Sinclair and Nathan Dyer, bringing the ball in from wide positions with either shots on target or link-up play with the central striker.
Liverpool's preseason games have seen Rodgers try different combinations of players in the wide roles. This included switching Downing out to the right flank with the intent of cutting inside to provide a goal threat, resulting in a goal. Youngster Raheem Sterling has made several appearances on the left side of the attacking trio with apparent instruction to cut in and shoot.
While Sterling has looked very promising in Liverpool's preseason tours, there may be fears about his ability to reproduce that form consistently in the Premier League given his young age. Add to that the recent release of Welsh forward Craig Bellamy, who signed for his hometown club Cardiff last week, and Liverpool begins to once again look short-handed in the winger department.
While my knowledge of Assaidi is limited, he brings with him 131 games of experience in the Dutch leagues, spread amongst three clubs. In his last three years, Assaidi's influence for his club has grown and he delivered 10 goals last season for Heerenveen. As goals are what Liverpool have been in serious need of, a winger who can reach a double figure goal tally could be just the boost they need this season.