Liverpool forward Dani Pacheco spent the last part of this season on loan at Norwich City and although he didn’t start as many games as he would like he was very much part of things. It is then fairly inevitable to wonder what will happen to Pacheco next season. Clearly at the moment he will go back to Liverpool, work hard over the summer and try and get into the Liverpool first-team.
But if he isn’t likely to get an opportunity at Anfield then he could do a lot worse than spending at least one more season at Carrow Road. Last time Norwich were a Premiership side they recruited David Bentley on a season-long loan and he was an integral part of the Norwich first-team. It’s a shame his career has taken a nose dive since. However, his time at Norwich benefitted both Arsenal and Norwich and was an important step that allowed Arsenal to sell the player to Blackburn.
That same season Norwich invested around £3m in Dean Ashton and had a role in developing him into a top Premier League and England player that persuaded West Ham to part with over £7m to buy him. It is a real shame that injuries ended the career of a player that could have been one of England’s best old fashioned centre forwards. Another England player Scott Parker also once had a spell on loan at Norwich.
Pacheco on loan at Norwich next season would appear to benefit everyone. Norwich can get a top quality striker at a low price and Liverpool can get some much needed Premier League experience into the player. Kenny Dalglish will also know that Norwich like to play football in the right way and with a style that will benefit the young Spaniard. Therefore, the only slight concern can be on how often Pacheco will play. But even if you assume he won’t be an automatic starter it will still be hugely beneficial for him to start games every now and again, make an impact from the bench on a regular basis and simply be involved in the first-team squad. Certainly this has to be better than only playing the odd reserve game – which may be the case at Liverpool.
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