Another day, another midfielder linked with Liverpool! Juventus star and World Cup runner-up Adrien Rabiot is the latest in a growing list of names to be suggested as a solution to Liverpool’s issues in the middle of the park. The Reds struggled against Wolves at home last Saturday and relied on a controversially disallowed goal to keep them in the hat for the 4th Round of the FA Cup.
Reports in Italy have suggested that the French star could be heading to Anfield, but several other top English clubs have also been linked.
On the latest episode of our Journo Insight Show, we asked goal.com’s Neil Jones for his thoughts on the Rabiot story.
“He’s been linked with the Premier League it feels like since he was 15. It feels like every window there’s talk Arsenal are going to sign him, Tottenham are going to sign him, or Liverpool are going to sign him. He’s one of those players that seems to exist permanently in this position of a club trying to get rid of him, or he’s about to leave a club, or he’s not playing, or he’s not featuring.
You look at his age – he’s 27, and you’re probably saying it’s his last move of major proportions. I’m not sure Liverpool would be in there for that necessarily, but I think he’s a fine player. I think he’d be more than helpful at this stage for Liverpool. Something doesn’t ring true with it. Something feels like it’s just a link that was bound to pop up at some stage. I’ll be interested to see if he does end up in the Premier League. My gut says no for Liverpool. My gut also says that you’ve probably missed the window of getting the best of this player.”
Rabiot is a player of excellent pedigree, but as Neil says, he is often linked with the exit door at whichever club he is at. Inconsistent displays for Juventus and the French national side have led to some fans losing patience with him, only for him to then put in a series of stellar performances which remind everybody of his undoubted quality. His mother, Veronique, who is also his agent, has been at the centre of several controversies and disputes throughout the 27-year-old’s career. As the recent Giovanni Reyna scandal has proved, hell hath no fury like a footballer’s mother scorned! Pushing the boat out to sign Rabiot now looks like short-term planning and could lead to issues down the line.
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