1 Sept 2015

Shock Transfer: €20k-a-week Liverpool flop who slammed Brendan Rodgers could sign for Prem new boys Watford

Well, this is one of the most surprising transfer stories of the summer. Premier League new boys Watford are reportedly in talks with AC Milan to sign ex-Liverpool attacker Suso on loan for the rest of the season.

According to SportItalia today, Watford are 'in negotiations' with Milan over a deal for Suso.

Italian newspaper Gazetta Dello Sport is also carrying the story, and claims:

"Milan are close to agreeing with Watford a loan deal for Suso, who has already rejected a loan move to Genoa this morning".

Suso left Anfield nine months ago, and at the time, the Spaniard insisted that he was 'very grateful to Liverpool' for giving him a chance to develop, but criticised Brendan Rodgers' refusal to give him a chance:

"Liverpool's offer did not satisfy me, economically nor in a sporting sense. I have grown, but I have not noticed a lot of trust in me. I wanted a change of scenery."

What else could Suso do but leave? Despite a good pre-season in the summer of 2014, Rodgers continued to ignore him, and even spent £20m on Lazar Markovic, when he could've easily used Suso in his place.

As it turns out, Markovic was a total waste of money, and after wasting away on the bench in the latter part of last season, Suso is finally breaking through at Milan, and has started 5 of the club's last 11 games.

History is repeating itself right now with Joao Carlos Teixeira:

* Like Suso, Teixeira had an excellent pre-season this summer (1 goal/3 assists, which is more productive than any other first-team player).

* Like Suso, Rodgers has ignored Teixeira for the new season, with the Portuguese not even granted a place on the bench.

* Meanwhile, younger, less experienced teenagers not only get a place on the bench, but are also granted Premier League game time (i.e. Rossiter).

Suso had no choice but leave Liverpool, and breaking into Milan's first team last season was no walk in the park, especially after playing just 40 minutes of football in the two years prior to signing for the Rossoneri.

Watford is a comparatively unglamorous destination, but if he performs well, Suso - who earns €20k-a-week at Milan - will reap the benefits.

As for Teixeira: reports today suggest that he is not going out on loan, but I have no doubt that he will follow Suso out of the door sooner rather than later.

Author: Jaimie K


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