7 Feb 2017

Done Deal: Liverpool seal transfer for exciting attacker who idolises 'world-class' £80m legend

The transfer window may be closed, but that hasn't stopped Liverpool agreeing yet another loan deal.

According to ESPN:

"Real Salt Lake completed the signing of Brooks Lennon on a season-long loan from Liverpool on Monday. Lennon was formerly at RSL's academy before signing for Liverpool in 2015".

Lennon also confirmed the deal on his Twitter account:

"Excited to announce that I will be joining Real Salt Lake on a season-long loan from Liverpool FC".

In an interview with ESPN a few months ago, Lennon hailed Ovie Ejaria's ascent to the first-team squad, and vowed to 'keep the story going' and follow in Ejaria's footsteps. Well, that didn't quite work out (!) and I'm sure being passed over for younger players made Lennon's loan decision easier. In the same interview, Lennon also revealed some lofty ambitions:

"My idol is Cristiano Ronaldo. He's not just talented, he works hard every day before and after practice. I like to emulate him and I want to become him one day".

Well, it's good to have goals, and if you're going to dream, then you might as well dream big. Some info about Lennon:

* Description on the official LFC website: "Lennon can play anywhere across the front line. Netted 31 goals for Real Salt Lake's Academy during the 2014-15 campaign".

* 08 Dec 2015: U18s boss Neil Critchley's assessment: "He [Lennon] has been working extremely hard. Brooks has good talent and he’s a got a good character as well, a good personality."

* On the differences between US and English football: "Speed of play. It's much faster in England. The physicality is much better, and I feel like I've developed as a player, especially on the physicality side.

* On his style of play: "My attributes are breaking the lines and running in behind the defence and scoring goals. I'm good in front of goal and I just need to keep working on parts of my game that need to be fixed".

Lennon may only be 19, but I can't see him making it through to the first-team. Perhaps he'll stay at RLS permanently...?

* Ronaldo: Hailed as 'world-class' by Alex Ferguson. Cost Madrid £80m.


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