Liverpool Transfer Review: Assessing the Impact of Liverpool's 5 Summer Arrivals
Almost two months after the January transfer window closed, we have now seen each of Liverpool’s five summer signings turn out for the Reds, though each in varying capacities.
And while it may still be too early to pass complete judgement on these players, we have had enough time to develop some early impressions of the impact that each of these men could have during their time at the club.
This article does exactly that, assessing the effectiveness so far of each of Liverpool’s five summer signings, as well as the potential impact they may go on to have in the future.
And the Italian got off to the greatest possible start at Anfield, scoring the opening goal on his home debut against Gomel in a Europa League qualifying match, but has since failed to find the net in any competition.
A broken foot sustained earlier this month will keep the 21-year-old out of action for three months, as what was a promising start has quickly deteriorated into a rather unfortunate yet disappointing few weeks.
His indifferent start has seen him employed in various roles, having first featured as the central striker before being shifted out into a wider berth in support of Luis Suarez.
Such disruption regarding his position, compiled with his recent injury, make it particularly difficult to make a valid assessment of Borini’s Liverpool career so far.
Though he is yet to live up to his rumored transfer fee, time is certainly on the youngster’s side to turn it around and make a name for himself as a Red yet.
Joe Allen arrived at Liverpool from Rodgers’ former club, Swansea; Allen put pen to paper after the Reds sanctioned a £13.5 million deal in their most expensive purchase of the summer.
The Welshman’s reputation had grown enormously during last term, where he boasted a 91% pass completion rate, greater than the likes of Mikel Arteta, Yaya Toure and even Luka Modric.
And Allen managed to continue such fine form into his Liverpool days; he produced man-of-the-match displays against Manchester City and Hearts and was named Standard Chartered Player of the Month for August.
His role is arguably one of the more unsung in the team, but he is a key component of Rodgers’ system and has already done enough to prove to the Anfield faithful that he is worthy of a place in the Liverpool first team.
Allen may well go on to be star for the Reds for a very long time indeed.
Though technically still a youth team player, the teenage forward was named amongst the substitutes for the game against Anzhi, and he also played 81 minutes of the Reds’ 2-1 League Cup win over West Brom.
Though such appearances may have been partly due to Liverpool’s current striker shortage, his presence in the full squad ahead of the club’s other youth prospects shows that Rodgers certainly has faith in Yesil’s ability.
Ultimately, though, it’s too early to judge his impact at the club yet, and we may have to wait a few more years before we see the German mature into a first-team fixture.
From the youngest arrival to the oldest, just; Moroccan winger Oussama Assaidi signed a long-term deal with the club for a transfer fee of around £2.3 million.
The former Heerenveen star has featured fleetingly for the club, though he was instrumental in his full debut, alongside Yesil, against West Brom in the League Cup.
He was a constant threat to the Baggies defence, providing the assist for Nuri Sahin’s 82nd-minute winner, and earned further praise for his performance against Anzhi Makhachkala during Thursday night’s 1-0 victory.
Thus, throughout his brief playing time for the Reds, he has certainly done enough to suggest that his signing was highly worthwhile.
And at 24 years of age, he still has time to further assert himself and become an important player for Liverpool FC.
He later revealed that the prospect of playing under Brendan Rodgers was a key factor in his decision, and has since enjoyed a solid start at Anfield.
Three goals and a further four assists in his first seven games are testament to his impressive contribution this term, and all this despite claiming himself that he hasn’t been completely match-fit.
Sahin’s fine form will lessen the blow of Lucas Leiva’s three-month injury lay-off, and he has given the team an added balance alongside Steven Gerrard and Joe Allen in the Liverpool midfield-three.
If he can continue to perform as he has, then there will no doubt be many a Liverpool fan hoping for his loan-deal to be made permanent come next summer.
From first-teamers to squad players, Liverpool’s summer signings were a mixed bag of stars designed to fulfill a variety of needs.
And it must be said that none of the quintet could necessarily be classed as a failure, representing a summer of good business for the club.
While some names may not have delivered to their full potential as of yet, there remains plenty of time for that to change considering that all five stars are still younger than 25.
If the likes of Sahin and Allen can continue to perform at their current levels, then the newly adopted Liverpool transfer policy would appear to be very much justified.
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