9 Jan 2016

Ex-Red: Liverpool should sign 'dangerous' attacker with €200m buyout who's 'better than Ronaldo' at one-on-ones

Liverpool are currently linked with Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (and practically every other player signed for BVB by Jurgen Klopp), but most Reds fans will probably concede that signing such a coveted, expensive player is - for the moment - a pipe dream. Ex-Red Danny Murphy certainly thinks so, but he's offered a viable alternative for Klopp to consider.

When asked this week about Liverpool signing Aubemeyang, Murphy told TalkSport:

“A more realistic alternative [to Aubameyang] is Jese Rodriguez at Real Madrid, who has grown tired of a lack of game time. Jese is young, quick and well worth a gamble in January given his current discontent.”

As it happens, Liverpool were recently linked with Jese. In November, Spanish newspaper AS claimed that:

* Liverpool and Arsenal were monitoring Jesé's progress at Madrid.

* Jesé is open to leaving Madrid in January in a bid to get regular first team football.

Some info about 22-year old Jesé, hailed by former Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti as a 'dangerous' player:

* Left-winger, who can also play on the right, and as a secondary striker.

* Current contract expires 2017 and contains a ludicrous €200m buyout clause (yes, you read that right).

* 24 goals/assists in 69 apps for Real Madrid (Goal/assist every 100 minutes).

* 15 goals in 33 apps for various Spain youth teams.

* Dec 2014: Suffered a cruciate ligament injury, and spent 260 days on the sidelines recovering.

* Oct 2015: Former Madrid coach Deogracia Martin, raved: "He [Jese] plays with his heart and is pure talent. In a few years, he will show that he is better than Cristiano Ronaldo. At the moment he’s better than him on a one-on-one situation."

So, Jese will be 'better than Ronaldo'? It's clear that Martin has been taking lessons at Hogwash, the Brendan Rodgers School of Balderdash and Bullsh^t. Comments like that are irresponsible, and create unrealistic expectations, but what can you expect when a club puts a €200m buyout clause in a player's contract?

Jese has 4 goals/assists in 13 appearances for Madrid this season, but he's averaging only 44 minutes of pitch time per game, so his alleged willingness to leave is understandable, especially with Euro 2016 on the horizon.

In my view, though, Liverpool should steer clear of any player with a significant injury in their recent history, and that includes ACL injuries. Some players are never the same after ACL issues, especially those that rely on explosive pace as a key part of their game. As such, before taking the plunge, it's worth seeing how Jese progresses over the next year.

Still, a goal/assist every 100 minutes for a bit-part player is excellent, especially for someone who is primarily a winger...

Author: Jaimie K


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