Brendan Rodgers’ new-look Liverpool need a striker – probably the worst kept secret in the Premier League.
Having let £35million Andy Carroll go out on loan at West Ham United, the Reds are currently relying on Luis Suarez as their only recognized senior striker. Carroll was considered surplus to requirements in Brendan Rodgers' new system at Anfield.
In the run up to the January transfer window Rodgers will no doubt have to deflect attention from a number of rumours linking him with practically every striker on the continent but could it be that Liverpool’s striker solution lies closer to home?
Meanwhile, a few miles south, tensions have been brewing for quite some time between Arsenal and their ‘winger’ Theo Walcott. The 23-year-old England international has less than a year left on his current contract with the Gunners and has made his position at the club somewhat untenable after stating his preference to play as a striker.
Walcott has made 155 appearances for the North Londoners, bagging himself 28 senior goals but will Rodgers be willing to take a prospective £10million risk on the Englishman’s susceptibility to conversion?
If not, Chelsea are looking to fund a bid for Radamel Falcao and are reportedly willing to sell-off Daniel Sturridge to get their man. The Englishman, also 23, has been a hot prospect at the Blues for quite some time but has never been able to make a major impact at the club due to having Didier Drogba and now Fernando Torres as his competition.
With the imminent arrival of Falcao, you can bet your bottom dollar he won’t be playing for Chelsea in the New Year. He could indeed find himself on a one-way drive up the M6.
Unless Liverpool become the sixth Premier League club to put their faith in the services of Darren Bent. The Englishman has totaled an impressive 237 appearances in the top division, netting 102 goals. He was Aston Villa’s club record signing in January 2011 when he signed for £24million.
Now 28-years-old and entering the twilight of his career, he’s more likely to come cheaper than either Walcott or Sturridge. Matters might be complicated by Liverpool’s lack of Champion’s League football – something that will likely influence the decisions of both of the latter.
Bent, however, might be the man in Brendan Rodgers’ plan. We can all rest assured it’s not Andy Carroll.