The club continued to sow the seeds to youth yesterday in the hope that some will blossom into fully fledged first teamers by announcing that we have signed, or are about to sign, 19 years old Paris Saint Germain striker David Ngog for £1.5m.
One for the future so it seems so although reports say he will part of the first team squad rather than the reserves. Ngog has only scored one goal in fourteen appearances for Paris Saint Germain and I wouldn’t be surprised if he finds himself out on loan so he can build on this experience?
Meanwhile the question of what to do with Scott Carson reached it’s inevitable and slightly sad conclusion with a move, to West Brom, The fee is £3.25m which could rise to £3.75m depending on whatever he does and West Brom decide. Carson was signed from Leeds three years ago for £750k so the fee is a significant profit but a lot less than £10m we valued him earlier in the summer. However, that was always a valuation that was, or at least bordering on, the ridiculous.
Elsewhere things seem to have gone very quiet on the Keane and Barry front. Hopefully this is a sign that things are progressing behind the scenes with one or both deals? Either that or the club, in the light or recent comments and accusations, has finally decided that “silence is golden”. Rafa has definitely seemed keen not to talk about potential signings in post match interviews over the last week.
Gareth Barry’s plight took a sad but predictable turn with him getting the bird in Villa’s friendly yesterday. Puzzling, fickle and shortsighted behaviour from the Villa fans which ignores the ten years of service he has given and is hardly going make him change his mind about staying?
And so to Hertha Berlin. “Sultana” co commentator Dean Saunders capped an “interesting” performance by saying that if you looked up the word “draw” in the dictionary it would have a video of this game in it! A bizarre thing to say but the point is taken. May be the video is also under the words “placid” and “slow” and “uninspiring”?
In short not the best of games, especially the first half. The second perked up a bit as Rafa introduced Degen and Dossena who were clearly given instructions to go forward. Voronin earnt us a penalty and then duly missed it. In fairness he was our best player working hard as if his Liverpool life depended on it which it might.
Perhaps I’m demanding too much at this early stage but I would have expected to see a bit more keenness and urgency particularly from those players given a rare first team chance. One also wonders just what Rafa wanted to take from this? A clean sheet? Another game so better fitness? No injuries? The new boys getting a bit more acclimatisation? No doubt he will also be thinking about and trying different formations and combinations of players? If this is so then these things certainly took priority over entertainment last night. However, I still feel that I’m probably expecting too much at this early stage so sorry!