Last summer was full of surprises for Liverpool fans. Kopites, drunk on the success of the season having celebrated seeing their side lift their sixth European Cup, were expecting the club to build on their continental success with a few statement signings. However, the window was quiet and revolved around youth players with teenagers coming in quietly and one exciting very loudly. Bobby Duncan must be regretting his move to Fiorentina now.
A very public exit
Who can forget the manner in which Bobby Duncan joined Fiorentina last summer?
The then 18-year-old joined the Italian club for a fee of £1.8m after a very public falling out with Liverpool.
The player’s (now former) agent Saif Rubie shocked the footballing world with outrageous claims that the club were mentally bullying Duncan, after these remarks the player’s move was inevitable.
It is of course worth remembering that Rubie was banned for six weeks and fined £10,000 for his misconduct.
No la dolce vita for Bobby Duncan
Bobby Duncan signed for Fiorentina expecting to immediately challenge for a spot in the first team.
Things didn’t work out quite so smoothly for the youngster. The teenager made just 10 appearances for the academy side this season, scoring three goals.
In January, according to the Liverpool ECHO, Fiorentina were pleading with UEFA for permission to move the player on, although whether this was on loan or permanently is unknown.
Rueing missed chances
Had Duncan not forced a move over the summer he very well may have been given his shot in the Liverpool side.
The Reds had Paul Glatzel and Rhian Brewster out injured and an incredibly congested fixture list throughout the campaign.
We can expect that the teenager would have been involved in the League Cup quarter final against Aston Villa when the first team were in Qatar.
Duncan would also have had the chance to be in and around the first team when they were lifting the Premier League trophy, the likes of Neco Williams, Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott will have learnt a lot from being on the fringes of a title winning season.
If there is anything to take from this situation it is that young players should remember that the grass isn’t always greener and you may be better off just biding your time.