Recent reports have been linking Tottenham’s Tom Huddlestone with a £16m move to Anfield in January. Do Liverpool actually need him? No!
The 24 year-old is currently sidelined until December after undergoing ankle surgery in August with suggestions he will struggle to break back into the Spurs starting XI. There’s no doubt the play-maker has qualities that would attract any top Premiership side but the Red’s are already blessed with a strong squad of midfielders. Adding another would definitely hot up competition for places but may also prove to be counter-productive in halting the progression and development of younger players such as England Under-21 Captain, Jordan Henderson, and the on-loan 19 year-old, Jonjo Shelvey.
Liverpool invested heavily in Henderson this summer, a price tag of £20m and a long-term contract clearly suggests they have high hopes for the Sunderland-born player. The addition of Huddlestone could hinder Henderson’s potential as well as the Anfield hierarchy’s vision for him to eventually take over from Gerrard and lead the midfield in years to come.
July saw Liverpool also invest in Scottish international Charlie Adam. A player who likes to dictate play and spray the ball effortlessly around the park, very much in the same mould as Huddlestone but more dynamic with a bigger goal threat, particularly from set-pieces. Do the Merseysider’s need two of the same player? No.
Huddlestone fits the ‘buy British’ policy Dalglish seems to have adopted in his second reign at Anfield but the quoted sum of money could be spent more wisely in strengthening other departments. An injury to Suarez or Carroll would leave the Red’s light up front with only Bellamy and Kuyt the recognised options, neither prolific in front of goal which must be a concern. In central defence, Carragher draws ever-closer to the end of his career, Skrtel can be inconsistent, Agger is injury-prone, and the Uruguayan, Coates, has yet to find his feet since his summer move.
If Liverpool’s American owners give Dalglish the green light to invest again in January a new striker and a central defender has to be top of his list, not a midfielder, and not Tom Huddlestone!