One of the major hallmarks of the FSG ownership of Liverpool has been shrewd recruitment with a proclivity towards players under the age of 28. One of the shrewdest additions to the squad during the FSG reign has undoubtedly been James Milner. Now a title winner with the Reds, Liverpool should let James Milner leave for Leeds United this summer.
An historic promotion
This last week has seen Leeds United confirm their promotion to the Premier League and days later the Championship title.
The Yorkshire giants will return to the top flight after 16 years out of the division. They have been sorely missed by many self titled proper football fans.
Leeds have had a torrid time of it in the last 16 years. United were in financial turmoil when they were relegated in 2004 and were eventually placed into administration and sank as far as League One.
However, Marcelo Bielsa has pulled the sword from the stone and masterminded The Whites’ return to the big time.
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James Milner arrived at Liverpool in 2015, signing on a free transfer from Manchester City. He was critical to Jürgen Klopp’s implementation of his gegenpressing style; the Premier League stalwart led by example, charging all over the pitch when out of possession.
Milly has gone on to win the Champions League, Premier League and Club World Cup at Liverpool, earning the vice captaincy along the way.
Despite having a somewhat journeyed career in English football, Milner is now one Premier League appearance away from playing more league games for Liverpool than any other team.
Milner began his career at Leeds United. The Yorkshireman was sold to Newcastle United in July 2004 as Leeds looked to raise funds to ease their financial strain, despite wanting to stay with his boyhood club Milner left as it was in the team’s best interest.
Leeds are now in a much healthier position, they have resteadied their finances and are back in the top flight.
Despite no reported rumours of talks, there is a feeling in the air that James Milner may want to return to Leeds United to help them consolidate their position in the top flight.
If Milner does want to return to Leeds then who are we to stop him? At 34-years-old the midfielder is surely approaching the twilight years of his career, although with his fitness levels he may have another four or five years in him.
The midfielder has given the Reds his all, he has been pivotal to our success in recent seasons, the least we can do is let him finish his career at the club he never wanted to leave – football is all about these romantic stories, let’s not deny him his.