- Sep 25, 2012
I think if we were as keen on Werner as you make out in your post the whole thing would be done by now. I think he is one of many players we keep under review because he has some interesting qualities and he could become what we need at some point. The only difference is, because he is moving/got this clause, he is being uncharacteristically vocal for one of our targets and we've not declared no interest in him so the papers are writing story after story to generate sales and website hits. Probably just as interested in dozens of other players.I agree the price shouldn't be a deciding factor, and I don't think it will be either. We've seen the club don't mind paying big for the right player.
But it could actually be that Werner is the best player we can get for what we have to offer. We could argue Sancho is better than Werner, but we also don't know what the recruitment team is looking for. Maybe we should ask ourselves why the club like Werner and seem to seriously consider moving for him. If they have decided he's the forward they want, it's probably because he's the one who best fits their criteria.
Wage demands, expected role in the team, personality; there are several things in addition to the footballing profile of the player that adds up to who the best possible player is. Erling Haaland was probably a player Liverpool had interest in, but there was no chance of signing him because we couldn't have matched what Dortmund had to offer in terms of a starting place in the team. And it's not difficult to imagine this being a hindrance for other players as well.