The winger who has struggled to earn a starting place at Liverpool will hope to get more chances with new club Stoke.
In the last few weeks many players have come and gone from Liverpool’s squad as the transfer market ploughs on, but I must admit one of the more surprising moves seems to be today’s news concerning winger Oussama Assaidi who has headed to Stoke on a season-long loan deal.
Assaidi was by no means a regular at Anfield; overall he struggled to break into the first team and was limited to just four games since his move from Heerenveen last summer.
Maybe Brendan Rodgers is prioritising other players in the wing position or his new style of football doesn’t call for Assiadi’s services, but from what I’ve seen at this early stage of the season a winger might just be what Liverpool need, they’ve moved the ball about well, but four chances in Saturdays 1-0 win against Aston Villa suggest the final ball is missing.
The victory over Villa and an opening day win by the same 1-0 score-line over Stoke have hardly flattered the goal difference column of the league but the manner at which the team has played has been very encouraging, maximum points and second in the table after the first two fixtures, I’m sure nobody connected with the club is complaining, I just worry that loaning potential cover may affect the club as the season drags on, after all you need a proven squad of players to remain competitive in the Premier League these days not just a good starting 11.
When he joined the Reds, manager Rodgers described the player as: “an exciting individual who will dazzle and entertain the crowd.”
I have no doubt about this statement and having seen him play last season I think he has to talent and the desire to make it in English football, maybe he just needs the chance to play regularly, so a loan move will be ideal.
Rodgers is a determined man and has rejuvenated the fortunes of the club this season, I hope that Assaidi does well and the club can welcome him back when he has 30 games under his belt. Better still, if he’s not in the long term plans at Anfield I hope he’ll impress so much that Stoke make a bid in January or over next summer for him.
With Stoke looking to shake the tag of being a 'hoof it and hope' club, Assaidi could combine well with the width of Matthew Etherington and maybe he is what's needed to start playing the beautiful game in exactly that manner.
The 25 year-old becomes Stoke's fourth summer signing after Erik Pieters and Marc Muniesa moved to the Britannia Stadium, whilst Juan Agudelo is set to move in January.
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