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Should Rafa really be contemplating a cut-price bid?

Football FanCast guest columnist Niall Rodgers wonders if a move for Emile Heskey will represent such a bad move by Rafa Benitez.

With reports in the papers this morning that Rafa Benitez is perhaps lining up a January swoop for Emile Heskey, the big question remains as to whether the Spaniard will forget the past, for the good of the future.

Rafa is notoriously stubborn when it comes to buying players and once he has been snubbed, he very rarely offers a second cherry for the player to bite on; however I wonder whether circumstance will force Rafa's hand, especially if the opportunity is there to land them in a cut price deal.

I have to confess that my view of signing Heskey has changed in the past year. Last January I really couldn't share the view of supporters that his return would be good for the football club, but given the current financial state we are in and the obvious need to strengthen the squad, I am now left wondering whether Emile would actually be such a bad signing, especially given his proven qualities and the fact that he is unlikely to cost us anymore than a couple of million to secure his services.

Heskey is marmite among supporters; however my concerns last summer were not to do with his ability, but more that I don't believe you should ever bring old players back, as they tend to disappoint. In this case we could certainly say he never impressed in the first place, therefore his return will be deemed very much as unfinished business, but either way you look at it, the team's need to strengthen upfront is far greater and there are few strikers of Emile's level that will be available in January at such a low price, therefore the potential benefits of taking a gamble on him is endless, providing Rafa is prepared to give him another chance to join the club.

Would Heskey's return be welcomed at Liverpool, or should Rafa be looking elsewhere?


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