22 Jan 2016

Done Deal: Liverpool seal January transfer for 'excellent' starlet with 'imposing' impact on the field

With the return of Danny Ward, Liverpool currently have three first-team goalkeepers duking it our for precious pitch time, and with a surplus of 'stoppers in the squad, it appears that Academy 'keeper Ryan Fulton is making way to accommodate the aforementioned trio.

According to the BBC today:

"Portsmouth have signed Liverpool goalkeeper Ryan Fulton on loan until the end of the season".

Fulton is yet to make a first-team appearance for Liverpool, so given the intense competition at Anfield right now, a loan deal makes sense.

That said, this loan appears to contradict Jurgen Klopp's wish to keep the club's promising young players at the club. Indeed, this week, he told reporters:

"We need to keep them [Academy youngsters] here. Football isn't just about individual development. You have to show you can work with the team. You have to show you know about your job and the things you have to do".

Fulton's description on the official LFC website:

"Fulton is an excellent communicator and is an imposing figure between the sticks".

If Fulton is so 'imposing', and has such 'excellent' communication, why are Liverpool loaning him out?

Fulton has trained regularly with the first-team this season, and in a recent interview, he revealed his excitement over challenging himself 'in training everyday alongside Simon Mignolet and Adam Bogdan'.

In my view, this loan makes no sense. It's supremely unlikely that 19-year old Fulton will dislodge Portsmouth's experienced goalkeepers, and training with Premier League goalkeepers every day at Melwood is surely a better development opportunity than warming the bench at a lower-league club.

Author: Jaimie K


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