Liverpool are being strongly tipped as one of the sides to make a move for the Ivory Coast striker this January with Turkish side Galatasaray and Juventus also reportedly interested in making a move for the forward.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers did superbly over the summer to make several top quality and value signings as he sought to improve the overall quality of his squad.
It’s paid off with the Reds enjoying a fantastic start to the season and there are plenty of reasons Traore would be a quality signing for the club this January if there is real truth in Liverpool’s interest.
Here are five of those reasons.
One of the most obvious reasons he’d be a good signing is because of his height.
At six feet and eight inches tall, he offers Liverpool something different to Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Iago Aspas. Sturridge is the only player out of that trio to touch six feet.
Fair enough, Andy Carroll was a big, tall striker but Traore is a much better ball player, suited to the way Liverpool currently play football and he forms a target man which Liverpool don’t currently have.
His height means he naturally has a stronger physique than many of the current Liverpool squad.
Not only is he attractive to Liverpool because he gives them a different tactical option, he also offers protection for the smaller attacking players in the side.
Opposition defences could be less willing to try and dominate Liverpool physically with someone like Traore in the attack.
His record has been decent wherever he’s been during his career; Stade d’Abidjan (six goals in 27 games), CFR Cluj (14 goals in 44 games), Kuban Krasnodar (18 goals in 38 games) and Anzhi Makhachkala (13 goals in 27 games).
Not prolific by any means but decent strike rates nevertheless. Add to that the four goals in six games he’s scored for the Ivory Coast since first appearing in 2012 and his credentials are further enhanced.
At 23-years-old he’d justify a big price tag as he still has three-years left to run on his current deal at Anzhi.
Liverpool seem to be a side at the moment that judges something like age very highly when mulling over whether to fork out for a player.
His age means he can definitely produce a return on any investment and it also means he should just get better as he heads towards his mid and late 20s, ticking every box as far as a potential investment goes.
He has something to prove
He has a point to prove because despite his decent record in senior football so far, it doesn’t include a return for one of Europe’s really big clubs.
Liverpool are one of the biggest clubs in Europe, despite the fact they’re not in the Champions League or Europa League this season.
Should he sign for Liverpool, Rodgers knows he can get a lot out of him because any young man joining a huge side will want to prove he deserves to be there and that should translate as goals for the first team.
Would he be a good signing for the club? What do you think?
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