Deluded F*ck™ wrote:
110% wrote:I can see why it most likely won't work, but I can also see that there simply were a lack of other options, especially for 16 million gbp. For everyone saying no to balotelli, who should they have bought instead? Eto'o was linked, Falcao's salary is probably more than the rest of the squad combined etc.
Liverpool paid 35 million for a player that had a good 6 months of form once, they paid 20 million for Downing etc. Even if he doesn't work out, he might score 10 goals and be sold next summer for 8 million. It's a relatively low risk compared to some.
You are brilliant. You criticised Balotelli at every turn, but now it's ok because he's joined Liverpool.
Liverpool would have been better off sticking with Borini, less maintenance, more versatile, and willing to play the back-up role behind Sturridge.
Balotelli is officially in Anelka/Adebayor/Cassano territory. He's not reliable.
Thank you, I am brilliant, but please read again.
I say he most likely won't work but there is a lack of options out there, and he is a relatively low risk at the price. If Sturridge picked up a long term injury, then Liverpool's season is done. There is only Lambert and Borini left. That's not good enough even for top 10.
I still don't think he's as good as some make him out to be, but in a world where Borini is worth 12 million, Suarez is worth 70 million, Sanchez was 35 million, then Balotelli at 16 million seems not too bad. Falcao was rumoured as 20 million for a year long loan. At this moment, in this particular transfer window it is the only option.
So in conclusion, he won't make my fantasy team and I will still criticise him for not being that good, unless he shows otherwise. I will still laugh when does stupid things (and I look forward to that). And I fully expect him to fuck it up in the long term. Next summer Liverpool should have more options to buy a striker. And if Balotelli helps them get CL football then that will help them to secure a better striker to replace him. For Liverpool it isn't such a bad deal.
PS I would keep Borini as well. A team competing on many fronts needs more than 3 good strikers. Look at man city, last year Aguero and Jovetic suffered injuries, Negredo lost form, but they still had Dzeko. Manu have rooney, rvp, hernandez and welbeck. Arsenal have Giroud, Theo, Sanchez, Sanogo, Joel Campbell and Podolski. Chelsea are possibly a bit light in the striker department but they have guys like schurle who can play up front.