The midweek Champions League games involving Mario Balotelli and Danny Welbeck may be seen in the future as a pivotal moment in their career at their new clubs.
Balotelli, who has effectively replaced Suarez in the Liverpool team, not only failed to live up to the billing on Tuesday night, but never even came close. It’s true he has big boots to fill, and he may need time to adapt to Brendan Rodgers’ style, but he still can have no excuse for his performance level.
In contrast, the unfancied Danny Welbeck had arguably the game of his career as he netted an impressive hat-trick against a strong Galatasaray side. The former Manchester United striker showed great attitude and application as he emphatically put the Turkish side to the sword.
The performances of the two, coming on the same night, prompted many pundits to draw comparisons between the two players, and as you can guess Balotelli didn’t get too many plaudits.
Nevertheless, despite Welbeck’s performance, we take a look at three other strikers Brendan Rodgers perhaps should have looked at before opting for Balotelli.
Since Suarez left the club, Liverpool have without a doubt been missing that extra guile and energy upfront. For me, with the money Liverpool made from the sale, the perfect replacement would have been former Manchester United and City star Carlos Tevez.
The bullish striker is a proven Premier League performer and during his time in Italy has proven that he is still at the highest possible level. He would have been a great fit for Suarez’s role at Liverpool and would have certainly added the quality needed for another title push.
Another Manchester United connection and perhaps an outlandish suggestion all together. Nevertheless, the diminutive Mexican proved over the years that he could get goals in the Premier League when given time on the pitch. However, getting time on the pitch seemed to be the biggest obstacle in his way of taking the Premier League by storm.
Since his move to Real Madrid, forgetting his miss against Ludogorets for a minute, he has been in very good form and has hit the back of the net twice in three league games despite not yet making a league start. He is a goalscorer, and a player with a great work ethic, but would he have improved on Balotelli?
He seems to me like a fairly obvious choice that somehow slipped under the radar and was allowed to leave for Spain without much of a fight from any Premier League competitor. Negredo, despite his jaded second-half of the season, still managed to score an eye-catching 23 goals for Manchester City in all competitions. A fantastic achievement for any striker on his debut season in another country.
He possess the dominance, strength and energy that Suarez's role at Liverpool demands and more often than not in his time at the Etihad he was threat against any side he came up against.