Matthew Sinton explains why he, and all Liverpool fans, should be disappointed if news of Liverpool dropping all interest in Quincy Promes is true.
We all know about the situation with Sadio Mane. Because of the African Cup of Nations being placed in the middle of the European football season, we are left without our star signing for a whole month.
A month that, in fact, includes some very important games – we travel to Old Trafford this Sunday in the Premier league, that game is sandwiched (sort of) by both legs of the EFL Cup semi-final against Southampton and on the last day of the month we host Chelsea in the league, which could be our biggest game of the season depending on our position going into the game.
Chelsea and Manchester United in particular – Southampton too at times – can be very defensively solid, so it would be extremely useful to have a player of Mane’s pace for those games.
Unfortunately, we don’t at the moment. Our only similar player is Sheyi Ojo. Having just come back from a lengthy injury and still with very little first team experience, the 19-year-old isn’t ready to fill Sadio’s boots just yet.
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One player we have reportedly been taking a look at is Netherlands and Spartak Moscow winger Quincy Promes. Blessed with pace – perhaps not Mane levels of pace, but still enough – and bags of end product to go with it from the wide area, he would certainly be more than capable of doing a job in Mane’s absence and maybe even challenging him for a first team position upon his return.
I should also mention that Georginio Wijnaldum is a very good friend of Quincy – the fans would take to him very quickly and they could link up well on the pitch.
However, as has been the case many times before, the fans could have had their hopes up for a transfer that will never happen. James Pearce reported that the club had indeed taken a look at Promes but there was no intention of making a bid. If this turns out to be true, I won’t lie, I’ll be a little bit disappointed.
It may only be a month we’re facing without Mane but a player with qualities like his would be a very useful tool in what will be a difficult month. Coutinho, Firmino and Lallana just don’t provide that pace that Mane has to get in behind the defence. Even Sturridge isn’t as fast as he once was. Divock Origi is the only other player who might be able to provide that, but I’m not so sure. He may have the pace but he’s not exactly known for his dribbling skills.
I’d best not moan about it anyway. Time and time again Klopp has proved me wrong and I wouldn’t be surprised if he does it again should we miss out on Promes.