What’s that saying about the boy who cried wolf?
After passing up a move to Liverpool at the last minute in January 2014, Dnipro winger Yevhen Konoplyanka is now lobbying once again for a chance in the Premier League.
Tottenham have already retracted their interest in the 25-year-old, but Kono has made it clear that he regrets turning down Liverpool and that a move to England is still his priority.
With his contract at the Ukranian club expiring this month, Konoplyanka is a free agent and is baiting the Reds once again, along with Stoke City, but demanding £100,000 per week.
Spurs clearly had the right idea backing out, as an examination of the Ukranian national’s talents show that Liverpool, or any club for that matter, would be mad to shell out that much for his services.
Konoplyanka scored a mediocre eight goals in 42 appearances for the Ukrainian Premier League side in the 2014 campaign, a sharp decline from 13 goals the year before. He has played his entire career at Dnipro, limiting his experience and perhaps making him ill-prepared for the physicality of the Premier League.
Though he plays on the left wing, he prefers his right foot to his left, and thus tends to cut in to pass or shoot. This predictability worked against him in the Europa League final, when the Sevilla defence quickly figured him out and kept him shooting in vain from long range.
Overall, Konoplyanka is far too inconsistent and vulnerable to anticipation to be worth a £100,000-per-week contract. Even if he is serious this time around about moving to the Premier League, will any team really want to take the chance?
I know I wouldn’t.