New players. Thatâ€™s one thing that Liverpool fans, players and management agree that the club requires urgently. With too many transfer flops the Reds are in dire need of players who can come and immediately make an impact on the pitch.
If Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard are to remain on Merseyside after what may well be a season without success, the board and management know that they must act quickly if they are to placate their marquee players and get themselves back on track for the start of next term.
It is for this reason that the club is looking to make a quick move in the transfer market and purchase Hamburgâ€™s 22-year-old winger Eljero Elia if reports in this morning’s press are to be believed.
Elia began his career at the small Dutch club ADO Den Haag, making his debut at 17. His promising career hit a rocky patch when the club appointed Lex Schoenmaker as its manager, with Elia soon finding his chances at the club to be limited. Accordingly, after numerous clashes between player and manager, Steve McClarenâ€™s FC Twente signed the player.
His development continued at Twente where he scored 10 goals in 42 appearances and was named Dutch Football Talent of the Year in 2009.
Eliaâ€™s form meant that he was destined to move to a bigger stage and after two seasons at the club the Dutchman signed with Hamburg on a five-year contract for 8.5 million euros. Since joining Hamburg he has been one of the most consistent players in the Bundesliga and quickly became a fan favourite.
The winger is predominantly right footed but can play on either flank as well as through the middle in a striker’s position. He stands at 5ft 9 inches and possesses a sturdy frame making it difficult to knock him off the ball.
He is blessed with excellent acceleration and quick feet making it difficult for defenders to read him as he is able to take them on both the inside and outside. His pace also pushes defenders deeper providing space for his midfielders to run into.
In just a few games Elia has also impressed for the Dutch national team. He scored his first goal at international level in his second appearance against Scotland last September.
Liverpool were linked with the player last season but no move materialised. Yet, with Ryan Babel and Albert Riera disappointing down the left flank, and constant rumours linking Yossi Benayoun with a move out of Anfield, wide areas is an area which Liverpool definitely need improving in. Elia would fit that hole perfectly, and is available for approximately Â£11m.
Yet, if Benitezâ€™s future is really in the balance (as is trumpeted on a regular basis in the backpages), a move for Elia will be unlikely. Which is a shame because he is a damn good player.
Video evidence of Eljero Elia can be seen here.