Gini Wijnaldum could be leaving Liverpool as his contract has just one year left to run. Here are three players who would benefit from his departure.
Journalist David Ornstein recently talked about Wijnaldum and the potential for him leaving Liverpool. As things stand, there are no discussions about a new contract.
The Dutchman is now in the final 12 months of his contract. No new deal and Wijnaldum can move on for nothing in a year’s time. That prompts the question of whether Liverpool will wait that long.
This is the last time they can sell him for any substantial fee, after all, as clubs can start negotiating with the player in January. Liverpool could decide to sell in this transfer window, then, should anyone come forward with an offer.
You wouldn’t blame them for wanting the cash, honestly, as the recession formally hits.
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If they do decide to sell, there will be changes. The system could change, for instance, while individual players stand to benefit. Here are three who will get a boost from Wijnaldum leaving.
Keita is perhaps the obvious one. The Guinean sits just behind Jordan Henderson and Wijnaldum in the pecking order and would likely be a first-teamer if a space opened up.
We’re pretty excited about Keita for next season as it stands. If Wijnaldum did leave and Keita got a chance, we think we could keep it for the entire campaign.
Even if the Dutchman doesn’t leave, we’re hoping for big things. Keita is a very talented player, after all, and this could be the season he shows it. Wijnaldum leaving merely hands him even more of a chance.
Grujic is a strange case. He’s 24 and ready for a first-team role. He’s also good enough for Premier League football and fits Liverpool stylistically. But there just isn’t room right now.
Wijnaldum’s departure would leave a gap, though, and it’s one Grujic could easily fill. Enough so that we believe Liverpool should wait on Wijnaldum’s decision before they consider moving Grujic on.
This could be the summer he finally gets his opportunity at Anfield, if things go a certain way.
Jones will get chances next season. He impressed enough in his limited showings in the last campaign and thus the Scouser has earned opportunities.
But he’s still part of a packed midfield at Liverpool. Wijnaldum leaving would hand him further opportunities, though, and there’s always the outside chance that he cements a first-team place.
We think he’ll make it regardless – he’s a special player. But with fewer players competing for places, Jones may make an impact even sooner than anyone thought.