Paul Glatzel has joined Tranmere Rovers on loan for next season. The 20-year-old Liverpool forward is rated highly at the club.
Paul Glatzel will be at Tranmere Rovers next season. The Liverpool striker moves to the League Two club on loan.
20-year-old Glatzel will get his first real taste of senior football as a result, having been a part of Liverpool’s academy setup since he was nine. The hope will be that this provides him with the necessary experience to step up a level.
Tranmere finished seventh last season and failed to get through the Play-Offs. Glatzel’s target for the 2021/22 campaign is obvious, then – get them over that line.
It won’t be easy as he steps into fairly big shoes. He replaces ex-Everton striker James Vaughan, who retired this summer after scoring 22 goals last season.
Paul Glatzel joins Tranmere
Honestly, we thought Glatzel would get a loan to a higher level. He’s long been a bright prospect in the Liverpool academy and League Two feels like quite a fall.
On the other hand, it’s an opportunity to stay close to Liverpool and in a familiar environment. That’s got to make things easier for any young player.
And in truth, Glatzel has had a very difficult last few years. He was supposed to spend more time with the first-team back in 2019 but the then-teenager suffered an awful knee injury that robbed him of more than a year.
Jurgen Klopp labelled Glatzel an ‘unbelievable’ talent back then – he was going to get a look-in. Even worse, the striker picked up another injury on his return, ruling him out for months.
His career has stalled quite dramatically, then. This loan move will be a real opportunity to get back on track.
Yes, it’s a surprise that Glatzel drops all the way down to League Two. But if he can finally get regular first-team football under his belt, it could prove career-changing.