Vital Football

Latest Liverpool FC News

Liverpool: Niguez To Solve Midfield Issues?

Liverpool: Niguez To Solve Midfield Issues?

Spanish youngster Saul Niguez is reportedly on Liverpool's radar as the club continues to look to strengthen this month...

The January transfer window is now into its final week and so far Liverpool have failed to secure any new signings.

Kop boss Brendan Rodgers has repeatedly praised the club's efforts in trying to identify and secure recruits but as yet nothing has materialised.

The latest name in the frame for an Anfield move, if media reports are to believed, is Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez.

Sunday editions of The Mirror, People and Metro have all carried the link with the Reds known to be in the market for a midfielder.

Injury to the club's only recognised holding player, Lucas Leiva, appears to have forced Rodgers hand after the Northern Irishman initially indicated a preference to strengthen at full-back and in attack.

Niguez, 19, is currently on loan at Rayo Vallecano and believed to have also caught the eye of the likes Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal.

Capped by Spain at all junior levels from U16 to U21, Niguez started out at Real Madrid's academy before switching to their cross town neighbours in 2008.

In addition to 70 league appearances for Atleti's B team, the player made a handful of first-team appearances before joining Vallecano on a season-long loan in July.

Niguez's debut came in March 2012 at the age of just 17 years and 108 days when he featured as a substitute in a Europa League fixture with Besiktas.

A couple of La Liga appearances for Atleti followed last season but it is during the current campaign that Niguez has really come to the fore, making 18 league appearances and scoring once.

His impressive form in a struggling Vallecano side, which currently sits 19th in Spain's top flight, gives some indication as to why the midfielder has a £20million release clause in his contract.

Liverpool are not expected to need to pay that amount however with a fee of around £12million suggested as a more realistic figure.

Some reports go as far as to claim the Merseysiders have already held discussions with both Niguez and his father, with the hope that regular playing time will see them choose Anfield over any alternative destinations.

Vital Verdict
Niguez is a highly-rated talent who would fit the usual FSG/Rodgers transfer model for young, up-and-coming players with a high resale value. It would be a lot to ask for someone of such limited experience to come in and make an immediate impact however. Many fans would be extremely sceptical of another unheralded Spaniard following the success, or lack thereof, of Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto. Certainly, if we are to grab the existing opportunity to finish in the top four this season, a more experienced player with Premier League experience, such as Nigel De Jong, would be preferable. That's not to say we shouldn't pursue Niguez however because he has the potential to become a top player in the future.

Likelihood (out of 5):
Three



Click here for our pick of the January 2014 transfer rumours



Follow me on Twitter @superbag

Not a Vital Liverpool member? It's 100% free to join & only takes a few moments to sign up. Click here to become a member or alternatively simply sign in using Social Media!

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Gavin Kelley-Day
Date:Sunday January 26 2014
Time: 1:57PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Liverpool Articles

Liverpool: No Pressure Ahead Of Villarreal Return - Klopp

The Reds are looking to make their first European final in almost a decade

Liverpool: The Weekly LFC News Update 15/16 #35

A selection of Liverpool Football Club-related stories and titbits you may have missed over the past seven days

Liverpool: Leicester Triumph Highlights LFC Shortcomings

As one of sport's greatest fairytales successfully concludes, Liverpool's wait for a Premier League title drags on

A Vital Challenge: Jonathan To Tackle Ben Nevis Fear

Vitalfootball.co.uk co-owner Jonathan Fear is pushing himself to the limit in order to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis

Archived Vital Liverpool Articles

Vital Liverpool articles from

Site Journalists

Gavin Kelley-Day
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Who Will Reach The Europa League Final?
Suggested By: Editor
Liverpool67%
Villarreal33%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Leicester City 36 22 11 3 77 30
2 Spurs 36 19 13 4 70 39
3 Arsenal 36 19 10 7 67 25
4 Man City 36 19 7 10 64 30
5 Man Utd 35 17 9 9 60 12
6 West Ham 35 15 14 6 59 17
7 Southampton 36 16 9 11 57 14
8 Liverpool 35 15 10 10 55 11
9 Chelsea 35 12 12 11 48 7
10 Stoke 36 13 9 14 48 -14
11 Everton 35 10 14 11 44 6
12 Watford 35 12 8 15 44 -6
13 Swansea 36 11 10 15 43 -13
14 WBA 36 10 11 15 41 -14
15 AFC Bournemouth 36 11 8 17 41 -20
16 Crystal Palace 36 10 9 17 39 -10
17 Newcastle 36 8 9 19 33 -25
18 Sunderland 35 7 11 17 32 -18
19 Norwich 35 8 7 20 31 -26
R Aston Villa 36 3 7 26 16 -45
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Liverpool Results (view all)

Liverpool Fixtures (view all)

May 8 2016 4:00PM : Watford (H)
Barclays Premier League
May 11 2016 8:00PM : Chelsea (H)
Barclays Premier League
May 15 2016 3:00PM : West Bromwich Albion (a)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.BigRed833