Why do Liverpool reportedly want a 24-year-old Championship winger?


Who is Arnaut Danjuma and why would Liverpool want him?

Liverpool want to sign Arnaut Danjuma, according to reports. What would the Bournemouth winger bring?

Marca claims Liverpool have eyes on Arnaut Danjuma. He’d cost them around £21m and while there’s no bid yet, the Reds could move as competition grows.

So who is Danjuma and what would he bring?

Who is Arnaut Danjuma?

Danjuma is a 24-year-old Dutch winger currently playing for Bournemouth in the Championship. They signed him in early 2020 from Club Brugge before suffering relegation.

The player struggled somewhat in his 14 Premier League games but thrived in the Championship. Danjuma bagged 17 goals last season, adding another seven in assists.

The more subtle stats look good, too. Danjuma creates roughly three chances every two games, beats two players per game, and makes sure to get in two shots every time.

He doesn’t turn 25 until January, either. Danjuma is still a young player who’s ready to move into his prime.

So why do Liverpool want him?

That makes it easy to see why clubs would be interested, then. It’s becoming increasingly easy for players to make the step up from the Championship to Premier League, after all.

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We’ve seen Jack Grealish, James Maddison, Ollie Watkins, and Jarrod Bowen all effortlessly adapt to moving up a tier. It’s inspired Aston Villa to spend £38m on Emiliano Buendia this summer.

There’s another stat that could make Danjuma a good signing for Liverpool, though.

You have to go back to his Premier League games for the data from FBref but the Reds almost certainly like the look of his pressing. Despite playing in a struggling Bournemouth team, his stats look good.

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Danjuma was successful in around 41% of his presses over what amounted to seven full 90s. That’s very, very good.

For comparison, Sadio Mane – another left-winger – hovers around the 33% mark. Now, Mane presses far more often than Danjuma did (over 16 times per game to 11 times) and that’ll affect the stats.

In fact, Mane presses well over seven times per game in the attacking third, whereas Danjuma managed a little over three. Liverpool would want to boost those numbers dramatically.

But they can do that – we’ve seen it before. There’s plenty in Danjuma to make him a good prospect for Liverpool and if they think he can develop more, £21m could be a bargain.

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