Maybe Liverpool have finally got the message that their lack of width is something that needs to be addressed. I mean seriously, lack of it, is putting it kindly. The reds have struggled in that department for years and now that NESV are firing bank notes at Kenny Dalglish they have been linked with just about every player under sun capable of playing in that position. The latest to do so is Aston Villa’s Marc Albrighton.
The 21 year old is one of the Villa players who has reportedly fallen out with manager Gerard Houllier and wants to leave in the summer. Having enjoyed a debut season last year under Martin O’Neil in the Premier League the youngster hasn’t been able to replicate that form this year. Albrighton only singed a new deal in November but it appears him, like so many other Villa players have had enough of the Frenchman’s strict regime.
However this transfer like so many others may all depend on the price and value of others players Liverpool are interested in, including ones at Villa. The Merseyside club have been linked with fellow wingers Ashley Young and Stewart Downing in the past so it may come down as to who is the cheapest option, as wingers aren’t the only reinforcements Dalglish wants this summer.
Albrighton, while not as experienced as Young and Downing does have a few positives that may tempt Liverpool over other targets. His lack of experience has an upside, as at the age of 21, he has a long career ahead compared to likes of Downing 26 and Young 25. Downing and Young would also cost somewhere in the region of £20 million while Albrighton less than half that.
This summer could be very exciting one for Liverpool fans, should NESV keep their promise to supply Dalglish with a hefty transfer budget. The Scot will want to build on the promising start he has made as caretaker boss and will want to provide extra quality in midfield to supply Suarez and Carroll. Should Albrighton make the switch, he will want to shake off the pressure and prove he can be better threat than Young or Downing as soon as possible.