Liverpool’s attacking resources have never been under more pressure, following Luis Suarez’s second massive ban in English football.
Brendan Rodgers could well have to take a chance on a couple of youngsters heading into the new season and there is no reason why Michael Ngoo shouldn’t be that player.
Rather than blow the summer transfer budget on attacking support, Rodgers could easily dip into the club’s youth system which has provided him with some of his best performers in his first season at the club.
Ngoo’s record speaks for itself, 13 SPL appearances with four goals and three assists, which proves he’s not just useful at scoring goals but also creating them.
His numbers for Liverpool’s Development Squad have been even better with ten appearances for the Under-21 side, five goals and three assists being subbed off on only one occasion.
He’s also got some international experience under his belt having played for the England Under-20 side and a crack in the Liverpool first team should give him a chance at featuring for the Under-21 team under Stuart Pearce.
The problem here seems to be that Ngoo has many of the same qualities as Andy Carroll, another striker on loan from the club.
He is a massive front man at six feet and six inches tall, which contradicts the direction that the Liverpool attack has recently taken under Rodgers.
Rodgers seems to be building a smaller attack, based around good possession players who prefer the pass and move style of play the side has developed over the course of the season.
The similarities to Carroll should be worrying because Rodgers has seemingly made it quite clear how he feels about Carroll’s role in the side, which means unless Ngoo can adapt to the system he’s using more effectively, he could be out on loan again next year.
However, the edge he has is that he seems to be more prolific which should give him some confidence if he makes a first team squad at the start of next season. His record of assists for all teams this season also shows he is much more than just a big target man.
It’s a big risk for Rodgers to take but Ngoo seems like the sort of young man who will be begging for a chance when he gets back to Liverpool at the end of the season.
Do you see him featuring next year?
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