There’s a decent article in the Guardian today about wantaway striker Sadio Mané, assessing the exploits of our other defectors.
What do we reckon?
A couple of hours before Alex Tettey condemned Southampton to a seventh defeat in their past nine matches, Liverpool lost 2-0 at West Ham United and if Nathaniel Clyne can be excused for losing out in the air to Michail Antonio and Andy Carroll for the goals, then Dejan Lovren deserves criticism for failing to respond to West Ham’s ploy of sending physically imposing attackers to pressure a small full-back. Clyne has been the best of the four players Liverpool have signed from Southampton since 2014 but the £20m they splurged on Lovren was hefty for a centre-back who regularly fails to dominate forwards. Adam Lallana started on the bench at Upton Park and the midfielder has failed to score in the league this season.
There have been more misses than hits overall. Rickie Lambert plays for West Bromwich Albion now, his year at Anfield an anomaly on his CV. Morgan Schneiderlin is yet to convince fully that he belongs at United, for all his impressive shielding of their defence. Calum Chambers still has a lot to learn at Arsenal and only Luke Shaw was looking like a guaranteed success before Unitedlost him to a broken ankle in September.
It can be dangerous to assume that what works in a smaller side is instantly transferable to a less forgiving environment where off days are harder to accept.
- Convince him to stay until the summer.
- Make him sit in the stands until the end of his contract.
- Flog him off this window if the price is right. Too much trouble.