The @redfromthe6 brings you Liverpool’s first signing of the transfer window and reviews the young English talent.
He isn’t the signing many Liverpool fans had hoped for to kick-start the club’s 2017 summer transfer window; especially with FSG under heavy pressure by fans to strengthen the squad in order to compete for the 17/18 Premier League and UEFA Champions League honors.
However, under Jurgen Klopp – a manager known for taking talented youth and developing them into players capable of performing at the highest level – we have lots to look forward to from the England youth international. Solanke recently won the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup also taking home the Golden Ball award.
How will Solanke fit into the LFC team?
The versatile forward can play centre-forward, left-wing, or a supporting striker role behind a more conventional 9.
His preferred and most effective position is the focal point striker role where he can operate as the main goal threat. Solanke is flexible enough to drop deep to collect the ball and let midfielders or other attacking players run behind him (similar to how Firmino does for the team now). He can also drift wide to run the channels.
A young player with much to improve on, Solanke is projected to become a solid goal scorer for our team in the future. Jurgen Klopp will have to help Solanke master the art of holding up the ball in order to maintain possession, especially when isolated at the top end of the field in order to relieve pressure off of the team if in a defensive state.
Solanke has a great deal of potential but it will be interesting to see if he can excel in the Premier League for a demanding team like Liverpool, and a demanding manager like Klopp who expects his players to work very hard when out of possession.
Evidence of the benefits competition for places carries included Karius and Mignolet last season where we saw Simon maintain his number one spot, with many strong performances towards the latter end of the season, especially once his position came under threat. Solanke and Origi will push each other for that vacant 2nd or 3rd spot in the striking position, which will benefit both of them to always be on their game and contribute to the team whenever they get the opportunity. We saw Origi fall off last season and someone like Solanke with much to prove partnered with a feeling of rejuvenation provided by Klopp’s excellent man management and coaching methods, will have both strikers performing quite well when given consistent chances in the first team.
The low price tag for Solanke shouldn’t be what fans loathe as Klopp has already proved his prowess to sign players for low transfer fees and turn them into stars of world football.
Here is a list of the most notable players Klopp has signed for less than £5m per player:
- Lewandowski (£4.04m) – currently one of the best center-forwards in the world.
- Hummels (£3.57m) – one of the world’s best center-backs.
- Kagawa (free)
- Gundogan (£4.68m)
- Piszczek (free)
- Perisic (£4.68m)
- S.Bender (£1.28m).
Even Aubameyang’s transfer from St. Ettiene cost Dortmund a staggeringly low £11.05m in 2013 – one of the best deals in the last few years considering how prolific the forward was in his 2016/2017 season scoring 31 goals in 32 appearances.
£3million for the player could be a bargain after all, but after recent success in the U20 World Cup, Chelsea is holding out for a fee in-the-region of £10million. If a price can’t be agreed between the two clubs, Liverpool will have to pay a tribunal fee.
(All transfer fees curated from Transfermarkt)