9 Feb 2015

Transfer-Shocker: LFC want £25m-sicknote Gerrard hailed as 'one' of the world's 'best'

With Steven Gerrard leaving the club in May, Liverpool are sure to be linked with every midfielder under the sun between now and the end of the summer transfer window, and the latest name to enter the fray is Arsenal star Jack Wilshere.

According to the Daily Express today:

* Liverpool are considering a move for [Wilshere] as a replacement for Gerrard.

* Wilshere will cost £25m, but the Reds are 'likely' to accept his £80k-a-week wages.

Steven Gerrard has a long history of starry-eyed hyperbole when it comes to certain players, and his views on Wilshere are typically exaggerated. In an interview last season, he told Reporters:

"He [Wilshere] is a one-off. He's a lot better than your normal Premier League midfielder. I think he's got the potential to become one of the best in the world. He can tick almost every box, and he'll get better than he is now which is a scary thought"

The fanfare over Wilshere really makes me laugh; what exactly has he done in the game - for Arsenal or England - to warrant such adulation? Absolutely nothing. He's just another overhyped English player coasting along on a reputation constructed and perpetuated by biased media hyperbole.

Reds legend Dietmar Hamann is no fan of Wilshere. After watching the Arsenal man's performance against Ukraine last season, he tweeted:

"Jack Wilshere is world class? Done nothing in the game. England media hyped up Wilshere to be world class [but] he's a talent, no more".

Wilshere barely averages 23 games a season for Arsenal, and he's apparently on his way to being one of the 'best in the world'?! What happened to actually *proving* your ability over a period of time, and making a specific, measurable impact for your team?

When it comes to ability, mentality, professionalism, and attitude, 23-year old Wilshere is not fit to lace Gerrard's boots, but his appalling injury history is the biggest reason to avoid this deal:

* NINE injuries in the last three years.
* 639 days (i.e. 21 months) out injured since 2011.
* In that time: 103 Arsenal games missed.

This rumour is almost certainly BS, but if Liverpool are actually considering Wilshere, then the person responsible for suggesting the deal should be summarily fired.

It's a shockingly bad idea, and given Liverpool's own struggles with perpetually injured players (Agger, Sturridge etc), to even contemplate signing Wilshere is transfer negligence of the highest order.

Wilshere to 'replace' Gerrard? The very idea is a gargantuan insult.

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30 comments:

  1. I don't think we'll see Can moved out of defence as he's one of the major reasons for our stability at the back at the moment.
    Tomorrows game is too important for the rest of the season, confidence-wise and points-wise, to start a bit of Ranieri-style jiggery pokery. He does still get quite a few opportunities to burst through the midfield which mostly seem productive cause he's often not picked up till he gets to the final third.

    But all that aside, you are right that we need in midfield, just probably not against Spurs. I've got a horrible feeling we're going to see Allen there

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  2. I was under the belief that his agents had changed the structure of their organisation and that is the only thing holding tje deal up. As of about three days ago. Your dead right about talksport. Worse than the worst red top rag.

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  3. Good player injured always cant see this happening .Don't believe this to be true .I would say his agent is doing a good job so he gets higher wages to stay at arsenal . We have basis of good team We need the next 4 signing to be our best and not Future players or project players ready made .

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  4. I think this season is too early for Rossiter anyway.

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  5. So what's he worth considering he's scored 5 in 22?
    Can't believe I'm going to say this but Stan Collymore actually talked a lot of sense about this on talk sport tonight, worth listening to if there's a podcast.
    By most accounts he's been offered something like 75k a week which to me seems about right for a player of his age and ability. I think Collymore had it right, he said once Raheem's a 20 goal a season player then he can justifiably ask for over 100k a week.

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  6. Top clubs are so ahead of the media these days. The only " insider knowledge " is news that the clubs choose to let be known. Talksport is on the same level as S*n. Refer to the BBC for something that is more genuine, and there is very little on their site because clubs only let the public know what is in the clubs interest. No more scoops anymore

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  7. Ass from your elbow old chap

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  8. Just because a newspaper says we're looking at him doesn't mean it going to happen. Let's stop writing other people's stories yeah!

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  9. Actually I do remember that... as do the neighbors in the yard across the way

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  10. Supposedly the issue isn't Sterling or LFC. It's his old vs. new representation arguing over who gets to take credit (money) for the deal.

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  11. Sheesha. I heard this was a rumour started by Lambert's butler.

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  12. Have to agree jaimie(for once). Has done nothing to say he's world class.shows glimpses of brilliance but not consistent enough and too injury prone..

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  13. Combination of Can, Ibe and Markovic on the right. Sakho, Moreno and Coutinho ho ho on the left. Start Sturridge (he looks and sounds ready to my amateur, armchair, no-experience, physiotherapy skills). Skretl, King Kong!! (or anyone else but Allen) and Henderson in the middle. And not forgetting Mignolet, but only after the club doctors have performed a feet transplant on him, let's swap those awful canoes of his for Reina's, he's only sitting on the bench after all.
    Bench Sterling and Gerrard to bring on later in the game, I think they'll have more of an impact being fresh in the last 20 to 30 minutes than they'll have starting against fresh opposition and being replaced with the likes of Allen and Borini *shudder*
    Markovic, if he's fit of course, seems to have shown enough defensive discipline to keep his place and the idea of him and Ibe down the right excites me (not in a curtains closed kind of way I hasten to add) after Ibe's performance the other night.
    The only problem I can see with our defensive balance is who plays alongside Henderson, it's such a pity Rossiter hasn't had a similar loan experience to Ibe's, he looks like he could be a fantastic player for us.

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  14. No.... not at his age, he must mean Mcminimin

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  15. You do have to give Allen that, he does look like he's trying. He kind of reminds me though of a slightly worse Dirk Kuyt, in that he's reasonably ok and can pop up with something decent from time to time, but that's just it for me, he rarely! produces the sort of performance that makes me think "yeah, he's just right for that role"

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  16. Lakers fans got there first ... bigger ... more talented

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  17. My sentiments exactly JK. Chain smoking, over hyped footballer.

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  18. "Refer to the BBC for something that is more genuine." I don't use TalkSPORT to get Liverpool information.I'm just aware which media outlets twist and sensationalize stories to support their own agenda.

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  19. I've been following RS' negotiations loosely and heard the same thing.
    Sterling wants a wage that reflects his importance to our team, not money based on age.Liverpool will increase the current offer put on the table and I'm confident he'll sign.

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  20. Good gravy I agree with Jaimie.

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  21. Arsenal players always get injured though

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  22. I remember reading these exact comments about Sturridge before we signed him.

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  23. mmmmm.....good gravy.

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  24. Thanks, it's just brown and water.

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  25. And when we blew them away at the lane last year

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  26. Absolutely, it'll be a couple of seasons at least before he's ready to seriously challenge for a first team place

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  27. Jamie, who would you pick to replace Gerrard. I can't see us signing any players this summer.

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  28. I think they will. Rodgers even implied so.

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  29. Nick, I'd be chuffed if we signed Wilshere. He's a seriously good player, bar the injuries and smoking, and if we can keep him fit he'll be an excellent addition to our midfield.

    I agree with Jaimie that there are many "overhyped English players", but Wilshere is not one of them. He's actually got the skill.

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