Liverpool could push ahead on a transfer for Donyell Malen, according to reports. The 22-year-old could help kickstart the next generation.
Voetbal international claims Liverpool lead the race for Donyell Malen in the next transfer window. He’d cost around £25m and come in as a very promising young player.
But what exactly would Liverpool get for that money? After all, players from the Eredivisie are never a sure thing.
For us, we think the Reds would get another piece for their next generation.
Donyell Malen – more than a transfer
Two things stand out about Malen. Firstly, he’s got a fantastic record in the Netherlands this season.
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In 22 starts and six sub appearances, Malen has 17 goals and seven assists. He’s doing that despite not being the sole source for goals at PSV.
Malen only has 27 per cent of their Eredivisie goals. It’s one thing to score lots when everything goes through you, it’s another to do it as part of a unit.
He certainly wouldn’t arrive at Liverpool as the main man, of course, so those numbers suggest he could slot in and perform.
The other thing that stands out is Malen still only being 22. In fact, he only turned 22 on January 19th – he’s a young player who’s years away from his prime.
We imagine Liverpool like that a lot. Here’s a player they could count on right away but who is primed to reach his best form once the current stars leave.
All of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane will be 30 within 18 months. They’ll start to really fade over the next few years – if they already haven’t.
Thus Liverpool must think about replacing them. The easiest way to do that, by far, is signing players you then develop.
The other option to to bring in ready-made superstars on the level Liverpool already have. That would cost an absolute fortune, however, with no guarantee that the players fit.
Signing younger stars who can develop while learning the system is both cheaper and more reliable. Bring them in now, give them slightly reduced roles and they should be ready to replace the stars in a few years.
It’s essentially what Liverpool did with Diogo Jota. He’s still just 24 and while he’s ahead of schedule, should be ready to play that starring role in two years.
Malen, then, would arrive with the long-term goal of forming a threat alongside Jota. Perhaps we’d have Harvey Elliott from the right-flank to complete a trio.
Alternatively, Liverpool have Jota, Malen and then need just one ‘superstar’ to complete that front-three.
Jota is undoubtedly the starting point but he can’t be the only one. Liverpool need at least one more player to develop with him in order to usher in their next generation.
And that player really might be Malen.