Upon breaking into his former Napoli team alongside the likes of Edinson Cavani and Marek Hamsik, Ezequiel Lavezzi has quickly been touted as a player capable of going to the very top.
Whether it be for his current PSG squad – or even the Argentinean national side – the South American has certainly made a name for himself as a powerful forward with a keen eye for goal.
Despite his clear credentials however, since moving to Ligue 1 Lavezzi has never quite reached his full potential. Yes – he has proved more than capable of putting in a good shift for PSG throughout his time at the Parc des Princes, and yes, he hasn’t exactly been a let-down for his new set of French fans – but ultimately more was seemingly expected of the former Napoli man when he first joined up with the Parisian giants in 2012.
In light of such developments, Liverpool have emerged as potential new suitors for the Argentinean attacker and are willing to offer the player a way out of his latest stagnation and into the Premier League. Lavezzi himself is not expected to cost too much for any team wishing to pick up his services this summer – but as his form simply hasn’t been at its very best for a good while now – his possible signing at Anfield would nevertheless go down as somewhat of a gamble.
With that in mind – should Brendan Rodgers in-fact steer clear of the PSG talent until he proves himself worthy of plying his trade at the very top level of English football, or does Ezequiel Lavezzi in-fact offer Liverpool the perfect transfer solution in their attempts to challenge for the title once again next season?
In short, yes – the potential signing of Lavezzi certainly would go down as a good bit of business for the Reds if they can make it into a reality. He simply suits this current Liverpool side down to the ground.
The player’s bustling nature in the final third would give Brendan Rodgers that added bit of goal-threat coming forward, he has the ability to work the wings and track back when needed to – and whilst his overall chasing and harrying skills will never truly replace that of Liverpool’s former no. 7 down at Anfield – Lavezzi could at least go some way in trying to emulate what Luis Suarez ultimately offered the Reds before he moved to the Nou Camp.
On paper ‘El Pocho’ – as he has been lovingly nicknamed by his admirers back home in South America (meaning ‘the chubby one’) – simply has all the necessary requirements needed to thrive in the Premier League. Alongside the likes of Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho, with Daniel Sturridge working his magic up-top, Liverpool would certainly be a stronger looking outfit with PSG’s somewhat forgotten man on board.
One word of warning would nevertheless have to come with such a gamble though. Ezequiel Lavezzi more often than not excels as an out-in-out striker – in a very similar fashion to his Argentinean teammate, Carlos Tevez. However, as PSG seemingly give such a position to the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani before anyone else, this current Liverpool target has seemingly been forced to make-do as a winger in recent seasons.
If Brendan Rodgers really wants to get the best out of Lavezzi, he probably should opt against such a trend in the player’s career. Any manager would simply get more of a positive contribution from the player when he is given the right level of responsibility up-top.
As Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham are also reported to be in the running for the Argentinean’s signature however, perhaps tying down Ezequiel Lavezzi in the run up to next season will be a task much easier said than done for Brendan Rodgers and his current Liverpool side.
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