Juventus striker David Trezeguet has been linked with a move to Liverpool. New manager Roy Hodgson apparently believes Trezeguet can be part of their new look attack next season. Allegedly he would be available for only £8m as he is in the last year of his contract, and the Turin giants are eager to bring some funds to rejuvenate their squad. So would Trezeguet be a good option for Liverpool and could he bring them some much needed firepower?
The 32-year-old striker who turns 33 in October has struggled with injury problems for the past two seasons, managing just 39 overall appearances for the club in those seasons, and worryingly he managed just 10 goals in all competitions. That figure does not bode well for a man who is considered one of the deadliest strikers in Europe. Trezeguet is Juventus’ all-time top foreign goalscorer with 168 goals to his name; he is also the fourth highest goalscorer in Juventus’ history. Prior to his last two injury prone seasons, Trezeguet’s record for Juve has been phenomenal as he has averaged an incredible 20 goals a season. It is very hard nowadays to find a striker that can guarantee you that amount but Trezeguet has always been someone who you can rely on.
In fact reliability is one of Trezeguet’s strongest characteristics, throughout his years in Turin whenever Juventus have been in involved in a crucial match Trezeguet always seems to come up with a goal when it matters. This reliability hasn’t gone unnoticed by the fans either who greatly adore Frenchman and have nicknamed him ‘Trezegol’; he is definitely one of Juve’s most popular players. Despite the goals not coming for Trezeguet in recent years, the fact that he has always scored vital goals for Juve means that the fans would probably loathe to see him go as he has become a symbol of the club. He isn’t quite as popular as Alessandro Del Piero or Gianluigi Buffon, but certainly has a case for being the third most popular Juve player.
However Trezeguet does have his weaknesses, he isn’t a team player and that is through no fault of his own his style of play is to simply score goals, occasionally he provides the odd assist but that is only done by giving him a good ball to in turn give to another team mate. Service plays a big part in Trezeguet’s game; if the midfielders cannot give him sufficient delivery then it will be like a team playing with 10 men as Trezeguet thrives on good service into the box. Give him one chance and more than likely he will score but if you can’t provide him with decent ammunition to create a chance then a manager would be better off playing someone else. As mentioned he is purely a goalscorer and will not create chances for himself, so his game relies heavily on the team playing to his strengths and helping him to find the back of the net.
His style is suited to the Premier League as in the past an out-and-out goalscorer like Ruud van Nistelrooy thrived in the league so there wouldn’t be any qualms about him adapting to life in the Premiership. The question marks around Trezeguet signing for Liverpool would be: Can he stay fit? Do Liverpool have the quality to provide him with decent service? Would he be a good investment for £8m?
The first question cannot be answered as Trezeguet could suffer an injury at anytime and although you would like to think his problems are behind him now there is just simply no telling. Currently Liverpool do not have enough quality to supply Trezeguet, Maxi Rodriguez certainly is more than capable but Liverpool need a good winger on the left flank, however they will probably look to reinforce this area anyway. As for the final question, Trezeguet probably has at most two years left in him to play at the highest level, but if he can stay fit and Liverpool provide him with good service then his averages show that he is capable of 20 goals a season.
I believe that £8m for 40 goals in two years would be money well spent, and goals like that could easily be the difference between Liverpool winning something and ending the season empty handed.
Do you think David Trezeguet would be a good signing for Liverpool?