Football fans and pundits love to give an opinion when asked who they think their team should sign next.
Clubs are forever searching for the missing piece of the puzzle, the one player who can even lift the strengths of the other 10 on the pitch onto a whole new glorious level.
Former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey has been speaking to HITC about who the Reds should target, and his suggestion was made with the idea of replacing what a certain Brazilian used to bring to the side.
“I think they’ve missed that (sort of player) since Coutinho. Someone who can get in those pockets, travel with the ball and start committing defenders to come out of those spaces which they can exploit,” he said.
And the man Heskey believes can fill that void is Florian Neuhaus, a 24-year-old midfielder who currently plays for Borussia Monchengladbach.
As luck would have it, Neuhaus is reportedly keen on a move to Anfield. Kicker journalist Christain Falk made the claim on his podcast, and also stated that Liverpool are interested in meeting the player’s 40m Euro release clause.
Whether Heskey actually has insider knowledge of the transfer deal or not, the former England international was certainly correct when he identified Neuhaus as someone who can travel with the ball.
The Monchengladbach man is ranked eighth in the Bundesliga for progressive carries this season (per FBRef), which are those runs that “move the ball towards the opponent’s goal at least 5 yards, or any carry into the penalty area,” and exclude those from the defensive 40 percent of the pitch.