According to The Daily Mail today, Emile Heskey has agreed a pre-contract to return to his old club Liverpool in the summer. Rafael Benitez is reluctant to pay £4million to sign the England striker from Wigan in the transfer window and has decided to wait until he is out of contract. Heskey, 31 yesterday, left Anfield in May 2004 to join Birmingham for £6.25m.
Now, help me to understand. We have Torres, Keane, Ngog and Kuyt as our central forwards. So where does Heskey will be positioned? On the bench?
What is wrong with Michael Owen? May be because he is prone-injury type, so Heskey is the better catch between the two?
Is this the way forward for Liverpool? Having to resort to a 31 year old striker? Or is it just a way for Rafa to enrich English players within his Spanish speaking team?
There's so many questions about this arrangement. Of course, the main question would be is this story true at all - in the first place. I browse through liverpoolfc.tv but yet to see any official reply from the club regarding Heskey. May be in a day or two.
Heskey is not that bad. He performed well with Wigan - the reason he attracted Rafa and Capello also recalled him to the England squad. A kind of a rejuvenation for Heskey, I supposed.
But when your rivals having young strikers, pacey and agile (look at Aston Villa, Arsenal), turning to a 31 year old burly Heskey seems to offer less wisdom. We're not sure if the good show Heskey has put into his game while with Wigan can be transformed into Liverpool ways of doing things. Is this good? Is this the way forward for us?