Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Southampton on the opening weekend of the season had as many impressive points as it did worries. After taking the lead through Raheem Sterling the attack lacked some inspiration and movement, and it is something that Brendan Rodgers will surely want to address before the transfer window closes.
The name of Radamel Falcao has been mentioned by various sources in the media, but it would be a shock if the Colombian was allowed to leave Monaco without Liverpool shelling out a ridiculous sum of money.
Falcao is not the only player from Ligue 1 that has been mentioned with Liverpool this summer, and two of them scored this weekend, both would also be available for about a quarter of what Monaco paid for Falcao.
Only Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored more goals over the last two seasons than Toulouse FC forward Wissam Ben Yedder, in fact they are now level in goals scored during 2014 after the exciting young striker scored a stunning free-kick this weekend.
That took him to 34 goals during the 87 professional games the 24-year-old has played in Ligue 1. He broke through into Alain Casanova’s side rather late at 22, but his previous career as an international futsal player has set him up perfectly for his career in Ligue 1.
Small, nimble and quick on the ball, he is a danger all over the front-line and you could see him instantly adding a new level of danger to an already exciting Liverpool side.
Toulouse could be tempted into a deal if the price was right. They will loath to see the player leave after the excellent start to the season, but offer Le Téfécé around €15million and it would be hard for them to ignore.
Toulouse beat Lyon 2-1 on Saturday and it was another Liverpool target, Alexandre Lacazette, who got the away side’s goal. It is his second of the season and he has started with a bang. At this stage it would be harder to get a deal done for the French international with Lyon struggling with injury problems.
Ben Yedder is the smart move; he has matured beautifully and looks the real deal. There is plenty of space to develop and the price is ideal for Liverpool’s business model. It would be a shame to see him leave Ligue 1 so quickly, but the move would be an excellent step for his career.
Falcao may be the bigger name, but Ben Yedder is the currently a better player with a brighter future at the moment.
Is Ben Yedder a better option than Radamel Falcao for Liverpool?