Liverpool have already accepted that they failed in Brendan Rodgers’ first transfer window as manager. Desperate not to let it occur again, the Reds have already created a panel that will analyse and advise the Liverpool manager on transfer targets. According to the Daily Mirror, the first of these targets could be Luciano Vietto.
Currently playing his football at Racing Club Avellaneda in his native Buenos Aires, Vietto is highly regarded as a top talent in Argentina. The 18 year old attacking midfielder/forward has been closed watched by European scouts this summer yet they will certainly be impressed by what they have seen at the start of this new season – he recently scored an impressive ‘perfect hat trick’ in a 3-1 victory of Club Atletico San Martin.
With Brendan Rodgers keen to bolster his attacking options in January, Liverpool have sent scouts to watch the Argentinian midfielder yet they may face stiff competition. Juventus have also expressed interested in the youngster, who is rated at around £4million.
Kopites are all aware how beneficial recruiting young talent and developing it can be. This season has seen regular performances for the likes of Raheem Sterling, Martin Kelly and Jonjo Shelvey whilst others like Jack Robinson and Suso sit in the wings.
Vietto would certainly add to a developing youth set up but I can’t see him having a major impact on the senior team immediately. At only 18 years old Vietto still has to develop completely into his potential – managing that whilst making the transfer into the Barclays Premier League would certainly be too much too handle.
Interest in such a starlet is promising for Liverpool yet in my opinion there needs to be more concentration on recruiting players who will have an impact immediately. True this is most likely a press generated rumour yet Liverpool fans know all to well about youth being preferred to big names in recent years. Certainly these youthful players will help the side in the long run but with a patchy squad at best, Rodgers needs to spend some cash in January and bring in some key squad players.
Vietto is a promising sign of the direction Liverpool are heading in. Yet for now, concentrating more on players that can start come January has to be the priority.