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A blog by Simon Brady to cover a surprisingly wide range of geekiness, in a combination that no-one else does quite the same way. Probably. Either that, or it'll just be Simon talking about the likes of Football (usually the Soccer variety), PC & Tabletop Gaming, WWE, Movies, Music and occasionally even my actual job of Graphic Design, depending on what I'm up to in the world.



Monday, January 31, 2011

Premier League Swapsies

Writing anything with over four hours to go on Transfer Deadline Day, writing about player transfers that haven't happened yet is always risky. So much opinion and hot air can simply vanish with not even five minutes notice, as players, managers, agents and chairmen all get itchy feet and start making deals, or canceling them, left right and centre.

The picture of Luis Suarez isn't part of an anti-Torres campaign to remove him from Liverpool's history, or anything, but simply because I was lining up a Suarez-based post before the whole Torres-to-Chelsea thing came about with his transfer request.

Suarez to Liverpool is a done deal for £23m, which is quite a lot of money. Suarez, like a lot of strikers, has scored hatfuls of goals in Holland. Ruud Van Nistelrooy did, for instance. But then again so did Mateja Kezman (and Drik Kuyt, for what it's worth).

I thought he played very well at the World Cup in South Africa, too, in a team who were my dark horses for the title, supporting them when England went out. 3 goals was a good tally when allied to a player doing as well as Diego Forlan and, let's face it, who wouldn't have handled the ball off the line to prevent Ghana from hitting the winner in the Quarter-Finals? Whether he's worth £23m, though, even for a rush goalie, is debatable. Compared to Darren Bent, of a similar value, I prefer Suarez's name in our #7 shirt.

The Chelsea-Torres-Liverpool-Carroll-Newcastle three way rumour mill has been a fun one today, though. £50m for Torres with a £175k per week wage, not including image rights (which apparently was a stumbling block before the personal terms of the deal were sealed). Even for a World Cup and European Championship winner, that's quite a hefty price. More still, when you consider he's been plagued by injuries and a lack of confidence (or should it be 'motivation'?) since even before the World Cup.

There's no question that Torres, when he came to Liverpool, was perhaps the best striker in the world. Now he's just a great player looking to recapture that godlike, imperious and generally unplayable by defenders status he had when arriving.

Liverpool's attempts to prise Andy Carroll away from Newcastle have been more problematic, considering that £35m is a hell of a lot of money to pay for a guy who's 22 and has scored just 11 goals in the Premiership. Not to mention the fact his current thigh injury is due to falling off a stool partying, nor that his current bail conditions mean he has to live with the Toon's club captain, Kevin Nolan (who is a boyhood Liverpool fan from Toxteth. Hmmm, any helpful advice given there, I wonder?).

All in all we're getting rid of a player who doesn't want to be here, spending £8m and getting a World Cup star and the next great future English striker. With it, the final nail in the coffin of Rafa's Spanish revolution has been hammered in. The likes of Alonso, Mascherano, Torres, Reira and Arbeloa have now all gone, and Dalglish is once again building an exciting, attacking Liverpool in his own image.

Good on ya, Kenny. Don't take any shit from the players, as in the end none of them are bigger than the club.

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