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Charlie Nicholas is right on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Liverpool

Ex-Arsenal forward Charlie Nicholas doesn’t believe Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would get into the Liverpool team. That’s after reports linked the Reds with a move for the Arsenal forward.

Nicholas, along with fellow former Arsenal forward Alan Smith, talked to Sky about Aubameyang. The 30-year-old is subject to debate over his future.

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90min, for instance, claimed last week that Liverpool want Aubameyang – among other sides. Nicholas, however, doesn’t see it happening.

“I don’t see Liverpool or Man City signing him,” he told Sky Sports. “Would he get into Liverpool’s side? No. Manchester City could be an option if they were looking to replace Sergio Aguero.”

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And he’s absolutely right. Aubameyang wouldn’t get into Liverpool’s team and while that doesn’t necessarily rule out a signing, it does for the Arsenal man.

We wrote when this report came out that it didn’t make much sense if Timo Werner was around. The German is a fine example of a player who can be an excellent signing without immediately coming in as first-choice.

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Werner is 24, after all, and a player with a very bright future. Even if he wasn’t in the first-choice XI, you can bank on him forcing his way in eventually and becoming a key part of it.

Aubameyang, at 30, doesn’t offer that. He’s as good as he’ll ever be right now and will only get worse as he gets older. So with him, you need to ask whether he’d get in the side right now.

And he probably wouldn’t.

Aubameyang wouldn’t get in as a centre-forward. That’s no comment on his ability compared to Roberto Firmino but more that he’s a very different player. Firmino primarily links with the midfield and creates things, rather than focusing on scoring goals. With Aubameyang there, Liverpool would need to fundamentally change how they play.

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Given how good the front-three is and how well it works, that’s just not worth doing. So would Aubameyang get in as a left-winger? Not over Sadio Mane. The Senegalese is a world-class winger and while his fellow African has a great record there, he doesn’t match Mane for success.

So as it is, we’d have to side with Nicholas on Aubameyang. He’s just not worth it for Liverpool.

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