Kamil Grabara has signed a new Liverpool contract and joined Huddersfield Town on loan for next season.
The Pole spent the latter half of last season with AGF Aarhus in Denmark. This move to the Terriers, then, is a substantial step up.
Grabara has been on the brink of the first-team squad for a year or two now. His problem has been that several first-team goalkeepers have always been around.
Perhaps he fancied his chances after Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet both failed to impress but Alisson’s arrival put and end to those.
And so, on the face of it, this looks like a very good move. Huddersfield have just been relegated and you’d think will look to at least compete for the Play-Offs.
It will naturally draw comparisons with Danny Ward, who made the same move in 2016. He ended up being something of a hero, too, as he saved two penalties in the Play-Off final to secure promotion.
Ward went on to play just one League Cup game when back at Liverpool for 17/18. You’d have thought it would see his value drop considerably but he joined Leicester for £12.5m last summer.
That’s a very good fee for a goalkeeper with little experience. Basically, his performances the year prior for Huddersfield were enough to keep his value high.
It goes to show that Grabara, if he can play to a similar standard at Huddersfield, he too could command a decent fee at the end of his loan spell.
The Liverpool first-team may be beyond him but Grabara could still end up being a real positive.