Guest writer: Matt Milstead
One of the football clubs looking to make a splash in the transfer market this coming January will be Liverpool, as the Reds team manager Brendan Rodgers feels it’s time to upgrade the squad.
One of the hottest footballers that could switch clubs could be Arsenal forward Theo Walcott, who is expected to be Liverpool’s main attraction.
The 23-year-old hasn’t started in a league game since turning down a contract offer from the team last August. Both sides want this situation resolved by Christmas, as Arsenal team manager Arsene Wagner did admit that Walcott has until Christmas to accept the original contract offer.
But, Liverpool is fully expecting Walcott to accept their £8m bid this coming January.
Some have suggested that if Arsenal made the same commitment, then Walcott would have remained with the team.
The Reds team management has pledged to be active in the transfer period, as their goal is to add two or three forwards to the roster.
Liverpool failed to acquire any top talent in the prior transfer period last August, and that left them very thin on the front line. Remember, Fabio Borini is still recovering from a foot injury and isn’t expected to return to the pitch until the end of the year.
Currently, Liverpool has only one active striker on the roster in Luis Suarez, with youngster Samed Yestil as the lone backup. The 18-year-old has very little experience to be a contributor on the pitch this season.
If Walcott moves from Arsenal to Liverpool, you can expect him to come off the wing to play as a striker in their alignment. He loves scoring goals, as Walcott is one of the best finishers in the league. His decision-making around the net is superb; Walcott continually makes the smart play.
Rodgers loves the idea of freshening up the squad during each transfer window period, as he expects Liverpool to acquire a couple of players during each time. Team management expected this season to be a year of transition.
But, now it’s time for the team to acquire talent and add depth to the roster this upcoming transfer period. They fully understand the fan’s frustrations, but it’s all part of the rebuilding process, which can be very painful to watch at times.
The talk of Walcott being a part of Liverpool FC is still premature, as he has also been linked to Manchester City and Juventus in the upcoming transfer period. It’s certain that Walcott has played his last game with Arsenal; this contract dispute will not be resolved before the end of the year. But, that could change come January.
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