FanCast guest columnist Jez Hamilton has lost
patience with Robbie Keane and feels that Rafa should swoop for Daniel Guiza,
for the sake of Fernando Torres.
I'm certain that I wasn't the only Liverpool had a
distinct case of déjà vu this afternoon. Another poor home performance, more
dropped points and the game was extremely reminiscent of many, last season –
this cannot continue and we can only thank our lucky stars that both Chelsea
and Manchester United also slipped up.
It was a terrible game, a complete mess, and once
again highlighted that both Keane and Torres cannot play together, despite
everyone telling me they need time. We were playing Fulham for god's sake and
if they struggle to unlock that defence then we have a real problem and one
needs to be addressed.
I like Keane and I can certainly not knock his
work-rate and passion on display, but at the end of the day we need a player
who is able to feed Torres and be that perfect foil in the attack. Steven
Gerrard was magnificent in that role last season and the 4-4-1-1 system worked
a treat and turned the Spaniard into a goal machine at the business end of last
season. Rafa decided to bring in Keane to play a similar role, in the hope of
freeing up Steven Gerrard in a more familiar central position, but surely the
time has come for Benitez to say enough is enough and admit his new look attack
isn't working – if he won't restore Stevie G to that position behind Torres,
then let's hope he goes out and buys a striker that can provide the Spaniard
with the kind of support act he so desperately needs.
I appreciate money will be tight in January and Rafa
will have to wheel and deal in order to bring in funds, but one striker that
Benitez should look to bring in is Fenerbahce and Spain's third choice forward Daniel
If it wasn't for David Villa, then there is no
question that Guiza would be leading the line alongside Torres and he proved in
the summer what an excellent striker he is and how he is adept at playing the
withdrawn role. He possesses wonderful gifts and his sheer physical presence
will take the pressure off Torres and as he has the ability to be a target man,
can certainly provide Benitez with a variety of options. It is reported that
the Spaniard, who followed Aragones to Turkey, is desperate for a move away and
has already mentioned on numerous occasions that he would one day wish to play
in the Premier League. I believe Rafa should look to make it happen and at the
cost of around £9m to secure a deal, would prove a great bit of business.