9 Mar 2017

Record Transfer: Liverpool reps fly out to watch 'explosive' €50m sensation who's like Aubameyang

Liverpool have reportedly sent scouts to watch one of La Liga's most in-demand attacking players.

Last month, The Mirror claimed that Liverpool are planning to activate Inaki Williams' €50m buy-out clause, and according to a new report in Mundo Deportivo this week, Liverpool are still on the trail of La Liga's fastest player.

Il Bianco Nero further claims:

"Representatives from Liverpool and Juventus watched Inaki Williams in action during Sevilla's recent 1-0 victory Atletic Bilbao"

When asked recently about the possibility of a transfer this summer, Williams told Sportium:

"Lots of things are coming out in the news but I am calm. If [clubs] are looking at me it's because I'm doing things well. I'm very lucky".

Some info about 22-year old Williams, who is nicknamed 'La Pantera' (The Panther):

* Right winger, who can also play on the left, or as a striker. Plays as a centre-forward for Spain's U21 side. Current deal expires: 2021.

* Bilbao: 21 goals/14 assists (34) in 99 games (One every 198 mins).

* This season: 12 goals/assists 38 games apps (One every 231 mins)

* Ex-Red Mikel San Jose's assessment: "His [Williams'] performances are very good. We knew about his potential but we didn't expect him to perform so well so soon".

May 2016The Guardian claimed: "Liverpool have scouted Williams in recent weeks".

Nov 2015: Bilbao boss Ernesto Valverde raved"He [Williams] came as striker, but he can play as winger. He has self-confidence, can score a goal, and is very explosive. He will be a great player."

Oct 2016Don Balon reported: "Liverpool are willing to pay €50m to get Williams. Klopp intends to make him his 'new Aubameyang'.

Williams appears to have all the attributes required of a (potentially) top-class striker: tall, strong, fast, skillful etc. Then again, the same description applies to Divock Origi, and he is a long way off being prolific enough to be Liverpool's number-one striker.

Plus, Williams' creative return - especially this season - is average, and nowhere near worth €50m. Origi averages a goal/assist every 129 minutes for Liverpool, so what's the point in spending big bucks on a player with a significantly worse minutes per goal/assist ratio?


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