Barcelona’s decision to loan Bojan to Ajax is something which could help Liverpool go after another of the Spanish club’s talented youngsters.
Cuenca has a knee problem which is likely to keep him out of football until the end of September but Ajax’s decision to loan Bojan means Brendan Rodgers could do his own deal for Cuenca, a player he tried to sign last January.
Rodgers is looking for extra attacking options and Cuenca wouldn’t cost Liverpool a penny in terms of a fee.
The only downside is that Liverpool would be signing an injured player who wouldn’t be able to take part in first team training and games until October at the very earliest.
It’s a big risk for Rodgers to go after him because he’s under a lot of pressure to move Liverpool forward this season, getting them playing better football and ultimately aiming for Champions League qualification.
It comes down to how much Rodgers rates the player and how much he can trust him to get fit as soon as possible and then make a difference to Liverpool over the rest of the season as he’ll miss the first chunk.
It’s a little difficult to judge the impact he could have at Liverpool because there isn’t much evidence of football to go on from last season; he made just two starts and one sub appearance for Ajax.
However, his Barcelona upbringing would suggest he fits in perfectly with the model for football which Brendan Rodgers is currently trying to use at Anfield.
Technically, he’s as skilled as any other forward player Liverpool could go after, it’s just a case of building up his experience and showing that faith in him as he recovers following the knee problem.
From the player’s point of view he’d more than likely jump at the chance to get involved in the Liverpool project because he doesn’t have an obvious way into the Barcelona first team and other teams may not take a risk with him.
That should put Liverpool in a position of power when it comes to terms because Barcelona won’t want another unhappy and talented young man in their first team squad with no way of offering him first team football.
It makes sense for Barcelona to try and get a deal sorted out now, which would allow Cuenca to link up with that side when he gets back to full fitness, further down the line.
Rodgers seems to be the sort of manager who can spot players and opportunities when other sides can’t and that could well be the case here.
Would you take a risk with Cuenca? Would Rodgers be wasting his time?
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