Liverpool sold Taiwo Awoniyi this summer for a fairly small fee. Early signs suggest the Reds may have made a mistake with that one.
Taiwo Awoniyi had a strange Liverpool career. Few players arrive at the club, establish themselves as a senior player and then leave before every actually featuring.
But that’s what happened. Awoniyi failed to get a work permit until this summer and spent his Liverpool career out on various loans.
The last of which, to Union Berlin, was enough to secure a transfer there. The Bundesliga side paid just £6.5m to sign Awoniyi after he scored five goals last season.
And the early signs are that they’ve secured a bargain.
Liverpool sell Awoniyi
Awoniyi had an advantage here in that he already knew the club he joined. There was no need for a bedding-in period and he’s hit the ground running.
The Nigerian has five goals in his opening six games. They include a brace in the Europa Conference League, goals that earned points against Bayer Leverkusen and Hoffenheim, as well as a match-winner at home to Borussia Monchengladbach.
It’s all very impressive for a player who only turned 24 last month. Awoniyi should only get better and better.
And if he does, then Liverpool may regret selling him for just £6.5m. There was no rush to sell him, after all, as he finally got that work permit this summer.
That opened up potential moves to English clubs and, as a result, could have driven up his price. Awoniyi only really needed one more year of decent football to carry a significant price.
Per Goal, both Fulham and West Brom had eyes on the striker before his move. Liverpool could have increased such interest in a year.
Especially as Liverpool didn’t actually use that £6.5m to sign anyone. They made a profit this summer, by our calculations, so the option to wait was there.
Awoniyi is one to watch, then. He’s started this season on fire and if that keeps up, Liverpool will surely at least regret not having a buy-back clause.