110% wrote: bluenine 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.
£15-20m in this market could get you strikers like Destro, Jackson Martinez, Llorente (if Juve get Falcao), etc and support strikers like Cerci, Firmino, Depay, etc
IMO all of the above are better options than Balotelli. So please don't tell me that there is a lack of options available...
I think Balotelli (because of his temperament) is only good as an impact sub at a big club, like he was used at Inter and most of his City career. Whether he will be happy to play that role at Liverpool is another question, and what damage he will do to the locker room is another. Paying £16m and about £100k a week for an impact sub, IMO that is crazy. But Liverpool have the money, so I guess its not a bad deal financially. If I were Rodgers, I would rather have taken a punt on a young, rising star (like Firmino) or a player who plays for the squad (like Destro, Cerci) or spent a little bit more and got myself a proper starting XI player (like Martinez).
Any of those players played in the EPL before? Balotelli has an attitude problem, but at least he won't Soldado it up, which I'd be willing to bet that the majority of the names you mentioned would. Liverpool need a striker for this season, so for the ones you mentioned:
Destro: Could be ok, after a season settling in.
Martinez: 30 million buyout clause or something like that.
LLorente: Liverpool already have lambert
Cerci: same as Destro
Firmino: Firmin-who? ok same as Destro
Depay: same as destro
IMO all of the above are worse options that Balotelli for this season for around the same price, even though in the long term they may turn out to be better players. The young strikers you've mentioned all have the potential to be the next Borini (good but not quite good enough). That's no help to Liverpool this season, who already have the current Borini.
That point would make more sense if Balotelli had been a success at his first EPL adventure. Sure, all the above names could take time to settle in, or in worst case, never settle in England. Just like the case with Diego Costa, Markovic, Enner Valencia, etc. But they would be a lessor risk than Balotelli, with possibly higher return. Don't get me wrong, I do see your point. If Liverpool needed a striker for the next 10 games, Balotelli will probably perform better than any of the above - he is gifted enough, has EPL experience, and has that "don't give a damn" attitude. But Liverpool have Sturridge foe the next few games, so they could have gone for someone who will take a few months to settle in.
Borini was never at the level of players I have mentioned, except for maybe Depay. You were paying for talent there. With players like Martinez, Llorente, Cerci, Destro, you would be paying for a finished product. And these are just some examples from the top of my head... I am sure there are many other options available, because £15-20m is a lot of money outside of England.
Another thing to consider is resale value. I am willing to bet that if (or rather when) Balotelli fails at Liverpool, there will be no one willing to pay Balotelli those kind of wages. For Balotelli to take a pay cut, he will ask for a golden handshake. You will be lucky to get rid of him for free in a year or two. Such things happen, you know... Whereas someone like Destro, his wages will be much lower than Balotelli, and because of his work ethic, he will always be in demand even if he flops at one club.
Guess who are in Milan's radar to replace Balotelli? Jackson Martinez and Cerci. I doubt Milan would pay 30m for Martinez.
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