- Sep 25, 2012
First the left back/full back able to play both sides doesn't have to be as much of a success story as Robertson. We need a back up/competition and cover not a world class starter.Firstly, with the massive caveat the window is still open....
I know our recruitment team pulled of a minor miracle with Robbo, but it’s slightly unfair to ask them to do that again. Finding the world’s best left back for £8m shouldn’t be seen as the norm.
I think you are probably right that the recruitment lads know exactly who they want, and Klopp defo won’t compromise on his targets but the point on availability stands.
I agree completely that our recruitment department has detailed information on players we’ve never heard of.
But I think just because we can identify ideal players it doesn’t mean we can sign them. It doesn’t mean that they’ll want to be second fiddle.
People are very confident saying we can give Johnny Fulback 15, 20, 25 games but I’m not sure we can - I think Klopp will still want Robbo to start the vast majority with only the occasional rest to stop him dipping into the red. And that’s what Robbo will want too. And I’m not sure a new lad would be necessary satisfied with that either.
Sure, you can promise a new left back a certain number of games (probably not many though - the cup runs, and CL dead rubbers, and a couple of league games) but there is a world of difference between telling a player he has Alby Moreno ahead of him in the pecking order, and another saying he has the best left back in the world.
As always, if there is a lad available, keen and he fits the bill then get him in. But the club shouldn’t be criticised for there just being nobody available.
On playing time if Robertson continues to play as much going forward he'll eventually become injury prone. You can't keep starting a player in 50 plus games in tough leagues season after season without it having consequences. Robertson isn't playing 55-60+ games next season and we could end up with around 65 games. Trent will probably require more rest on the right due to his younger age. A player who can play both sides may end up starting as many games next season as Fabinho did this.