Liverpool want Donyell Malen, according to reports. It’s a £25m chance they should take.
Gazzetta dello Sport believes Liverpool are after Donyell Malen. The 22-year-old currently plays for PSV Eindhoven.
He’s exploded in recent years, too. 18/19 saw Malen grab 10 Eredivisie goals despite starting just six games.
He followed that up with a fantastic 11 in 14 across the shortened campaign last term. And Malen firmly established himself this season, scoring 14 and assisting six so far.
We’re talking about a very exciting young talent, here. But one that comes with all the risk of signing from the Eredivisie.
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Is it a £25m risk worth taking? We think so.
Taking a chance
There’s an easy comparison to make here – Memphis Depay. He shone about as brightly as you can in the Eredivise and for PSV.
It earned him a blockbuster move to Manchester United but Depay didn’t cut it. He was supposed to come in as the next superstar but left to little fanfare shortly afterwards.
He’s also gone on to have a brilliant career at Lyon and will almost certainly make a big move this summer. Depay had the ability but United asked far too much too soon.
And that’s why we think Liverpool are in a fantastic position to pick up Malen. They don’t need someone to be a superstar, after all. They just need someone to be an upgrade on Divock Origi.
The Athletic claims Jurgen Klopp wants a ‘supplemental’ new forward, for example. Someone who adds to the current stars, rather than someone who replaces them right now.
Malen can certainly add to them with his eye for goal. And at 22, he can be a fantastic bridge to the next side after the current stars, along with Diogo Jota.
So for us, all of this makes great sense. Malen has huge talent and is currently showing it off. And Liverpool, with their current stars, can be a relatively pressure-free place for him to grow.
They can learn from United’s Depay experiment. Give these players the right environment, show them patience, and you end up with a star. It’s not as risky as it first seems.