Oussama Assaidi’s position at Liverpool could come under doubt if the club completes the signing of Luis Alberto from Sevilla or Christian Atsu. Could Cardiff, Fulham, Swansea, Southampton, or Crystal Palace offer him a lifeline?
The 24-year-old Moroccan had what could be considered as his breakthrough season at Liverpool last year with Premier League, Europa League and League Cup appearances.
However, he looked like a very raw player, perhaps not ready to make the step up to play for the first team consistently which means a loan deal may be on the cards ahead of the new season.
Here are five Premier League clubs he could consider.
There have already been reports that Cardiff are interested in the 24-year-old as they look for cheaper ways to improve their squad as a newly promoted side.
Cardiff can offer him a much better guarantee of regular Premier League and domestic tournament football, which he should be open to as it will allow him to develop his experience.
Palace could choose to go after him if they don’t manage to get Manchester United to agree to another loan deal for Wilfried Zaha.
Assaidi would play down the wing, just as Zaha did for the majority of his time and it’s also a move which should appeal to him as a young man, because it presents the chance for him to move down to London and experience the city.
The Saints are potentially a very good choice because of the style of football Mauricio Pochettino gets his team playing.
It’s similar in many ways to the style Brendan Rodgers likes to use with Liverpool; high pressing and solid passing. It’s a loan deal which could make him a much better player, more prepared for Liverpool by the time he goes back to Anfield.
Fulham are another club that will be looking for ways to improve their squad this summer on the cheap.
It’s a potentially brilliant move for Assaidi because of the top quality players Fulham have, such as Dimitar Berbatov, who can help Assaidi both on and off the pitch as he looks to become a better player and professional.
Swansea would be the ideal team for Assaidi to join in Liverpool’s eyes because of the reputation the Swans have in the English game.
Swansea haven’t really changed their pass and move philosophy since Brendan Rodgers joined, left the club and was replaced by Michael Laudrup. The only concern is that Swansea have some superb wide players in their squad already and there’s no guarantee that Assaidi would be first choice.
Which side do you think he should join? Should he stay and fight for his place at Liverpool?
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