With big decisions set to be made over the summer regarding the futures of Liverpool’s players, I am especially interested in seeing what happens to both David Ngog and Dani Pacheco. Even though he is still considered a young player with potential, it is fair to say that David Ngog has largely been disappointing during his time at Liverpool. Pacheco hasn’t exactly been superb on the rare occasions he has featured but at least with him you can say that he hasn’t been given enough opportunities to show his potential.
I’m always wary whenever Liverpool sell a relatively young player because you never know what level they will eventually reach in their career. Over the years we’ve seen plenty of examples of players being let go by clubs for not developing fast enough only to fulfil their potential elsewhere, hence why a team should always be extra careful when choosing to sell a youngster.
In the case of David Ngog I strongly believe he would benefit from a season-long loan to another Premier League club. He’s actually not that bad a player but seems to be affected by low confidence at times which therefore leads to inconsistent performances. When you consider that he finished this season as one of Liverpool’s top scorers with 8 goals (5 of which were from the Europa League) then you definitely can’t refer to him as a flop.
There is no doubt Ngog has some good attributes such as his speed and height, which can be incorporated into his game more if he gets more playing time. That playing time however, should be at another club on loan next season. It really is a win-win situation sending Ngog out on loan. Firstly, it frees up space in the squad for us to get a readymade understudy to support Carroll, Suarez and Kuyt up front. Secondly, if he ends up having a good campaign for his new club, we can then have him back the following season knowing that we can rely on him as a good source for goals. Thirdly, if he doesn’t have the greatest season while on loan we can definitely still sell him for a good profit (although I wouldn’t quite expect us to get the £8 million which has been put on his head).
Dani Pacheco hasn’t ever been given a run in the first team the way that Ngog has, but looking at his technical ability, you would have expected him to have featured more by now. Pacheco has demonstrated that he possesses great skill, creativity and a decent eye for goal and it came as no surprise to any of us that his brief loan spell at Norwich was deemed a success.
Much like I suggested for David Ngog , I believe Dani Pacheco would benefit hugely from a season-long loan to another Premier League team. However, I would equally love to see him given as much game time as Ngog has received over the last couple of seasons. Ngog has been given many chances in our first team but now looks like he needs a loan somewhere else, whereas Pacheco has already had an impressive loan spell but hasn’t had a lot of chances to show what he can do for us.
In an ideal world, I’m hoping Ngog has a blinder of a season while on loan at another Premiership club, while Pacheco can take his place as one of our back up options in the forwards department. In terms of potential, I have high hopes especially for Dani Pacheco and believe that at the very least, he could go on to be on a level similar to that of Luis Garcia . If he manages to achieve his full potential however, I’m hopeful that he’ll break into the Spanish squad in future and become an important figure at Anfield.
I truly believe that both David Ngog and Dani Pacheco will eventually fulfil their potential and go on to become well respected players. I just hope that by the time they reach these levels, they aren’t plying their trades at other clubs and leaving us wondering regretfully about what could have been.
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