While we all await news of a Liverpool takeover and the hope that a deal can be struck before the transfer window closes, Hodgson has to continue to work under constraints at Anfield as he attempts to rebuild the football club. Unfortunately it means Roy has had to look at the lower end of the market in order to secure new signings; hence some of the rather obscure players (Luke Young anyone?) that we are being linked with.
It is the nature of the beast and while we all hope that new ownership will bring the kind of riches to ensure that we can move for high profile signings, we have to live within our means and only target players in our price bracket. Peter Crouch is the latest player being linked with an Anfield return; a move that in my mind we shouldn’t be contemplating.
I know there are a lot of supporters that are still fond of Crouch and believe that he was unfairly treated by Rafa, but would you honestly like to see him return? £10m is a lot of money and I do wonder whether Hodgson would be wise to spend that sort of cash on a player who will arrive as the third choice striker behind Torres and Jovanovic at the football club. I know it is important to have a strong squad, but the reason he left Anfield in the first place was the lack of football; something that won’t necessarily change should he return. Would Crouch be satisfied sitting on the Anfield bench, especially at his age? If Hodgson has £10m to spend on a striker; then shouldn’t he be looking to target a goal poacher like Remy, or move for someone like Huntelaar? Surely would they represent better value for money; I mean if Torres is out for any real amount of time, could Crouch really bag the amount of goals to nullify the loss of Nando? I personally have my doubts.
Written By Jerome Johnstone