Liverpool Transfer Rumors: Kevin Gameiro Would Be a Mistake at Anfield
Liverpool's reported transfer target of Kevin Gameiro would be a huge mistake for the Reds to add to their squad over the winter transfer window.
Currently plying his trade for French club, Paris St. Germain, Gameiro has been linked with a potential switch to the Merseyside club this January.
He is thought of by manager Brendan Rodgers as a good complement to Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge at the top of the Reds' attack (per The Telegraph).
As Bleacher Report's Karl Matchett points out, Gamiero's record has been excellent for PSG over the past two years, and there can be little doubting the striker's ability to regularly find the back of the net.
Gameiro was prolific in the early stages of the 2011-12 season with Paris St. Germain, scoring eight goals in the first 10 games of the Ligue 1 campaign
During the entirety of 2012, which includes the first half of the current season, Gameiro has netted a total of seven goals in league play for PSG—though the arrivals of Ezequiel Lavezzi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have hindered his game time.
His goals record then does not look completely convincing on the face of it—but his lack of real game time this season means he has actually scored a goal every 76 minutes of league play—comparable, for example, with Manchester United's "goal poacher" variety of striker, Javier Hernandez.
Gameiro is an excellent finisher with a keen eye for goal and is someone that moves incredibly well off the ball—an increasingly rare trait in world football at the moment. The video below shows just some of the highlights and goals the striker is capable of.
There is little doubting that the 25-year-old is a talented player and quality striker, but he simply isn't the right move for Liverpool to make right now.
In fact, adding Gameiro would be a huge mistake for the Reds.
Firstly, the striker would most likely only be available on a loan-deal, which doesn't help the longevity and consistency of the club at all.
Bought from Lorient in 2011 for around £10 million, Gameiro still has over two years remaining on his contract and would therefore most likely attract a hefty transfer fee and wages from the Merseyside club if they were to try and buy him outright.
A loan deal is therefore the logical move, especially given that PSG already have Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ezequiel Lavezzi at the club.
Yet the short-term fix is not what Liverpool need right now, and they will not be helped in the future by having a "super sub" on their bench this year. The Reds need to be looking for the future and building for the future—not trying to find a temporary "quick fix", which is all that Gameiro would be.
Manager Brendan Rodgers alluded to the long-term vision of the club after the Reds' recent loss to Manchester United (per Sky Sports):
We have great hope in the future, because of how we are working.
It will be a long journey for us but it is about closing the gap in the squad, getting those wins against our rivals and then we can gain confidence from that.
I feel we are a match for any of the teams in this league but what allows you to close the gap in terms of the points is having a squad which allows you to compete. For us the squad has been very thin in these opening months.
It is important you have balance and for me that is the challenge, I want to have good players at the club and we will keep building our squad so we have that. It is about getting good players onto the field who can fit into the structure. We needed goal-scorers in the club and with the players we have got we can now do that.
Signing Gameiro on loan for six-months isn't going to fit into that vision for the club and isn't going to help the Reds long-term either.
The addition of the striker also isn't a good deal for the men from Merseyside to be making given their current starting lineup and squad.
The arrival of Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea has given Liverpool the goal-poacher and an option other than Luis Suarez that they needed in attack—why would they want to bring in another player to play essentially the same role as Sturridge?
They don't need another Sturridge, for they just bought him.
The England international has found the back of the net in every single game he's played for the club so far, and at 23, looks to be a great signing for the future at Anfield. He is a great complement for Suarez and will work with him and Raheem Sterling to build the Reds' attack into a dominant force in the Premier League once more.
That is, if he is afforded the opportunities, which he wouldn't get as many of with the arrival of Gameiro at the club—on loan or permanently. Either way, the striker's arrival puts Sturridge immediately under pressure at his new club, and to an extent, puts him back in the same position that he found himself in at Chelsea—unable to find regular starting berths.
Should Liverpool try and sign Kevin Gameiro?
Gameiro would have to play regularly, otherwise it seems a waste to play him on the bench all the time and bring him out on loan in the first place.
But when he would play, he would undermine the Suarez-Sturridge relationship that Rodgers is seemingly so desperate to build at Anfield.
The French international—as good as he might be—won't fix anything by making a short-term move to the club, and Liverpool would do well to steer clear of picking up this winter transfer window.
Suarez and Sturridge are the future at Anfield, and if the Reds are going to commit to that as their long-term plan, then they need to commit completely and not bring in new players that have the potential to undermine and hinder that long-term vision.
Gameiro would do just that.
Will Liverpool make a move for Kevin Gameiro this winter transfer window?
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