Liverpool striker Samed Yesil has a good chance of making his Premier League bow following news that Daniel Sturridge could miss the rest of the season through injury, as reported by the BBC.
Sturridge has been sidelined for the majority of the season through hip and thigh injuries and hasn’t played since the FA Cup win over Blackburn Rovers in early April.
The loss of the influential goalscorer has hit Brendan Rodgers’s ambitions for this term hard and with five games remaining, a place in the Champions League next season looks like a distant dream.
Nevertheless, the injury problems to Sturridge may well have opened the door for Rodgers to explore other possibilities in his squad, with one of them being the in-form Under-21 forward Yesil, who has just returned from a long-term injury himself.
Last week, Liverpool Under-21 coach Michael Beale and academy director Alex Inglethorpe were full of praise for the German youth international and were delighted by his recent form after returning from a bad injury, as reported by the club's official website.
Could Yesil make his Premier League debut this season?
After the news that Sturridge probably won’t return this season, and Liverpool’s top-four ambitions on thin ice, Rodgers could look to integrate Yesil into the first-team ahead of a big pre-season that could set him up for a bigger part next campaign.
The Northern Irish manager has shown that he isn’t afraid to give young players a platform to showcase their abilities at the end of the season, as proven with Ibe two years ago against Queens Park Rangers, and no Under-21 player looks more likely to get the nod than Yesil.
Although he may not be quite ready for 90 minutes in the Premier League due to his recent return from injury, he could be an ideal candidate for a place on the bench in order to be able to come on and focus his energy in a smaller period of time.
The benefits of playing the youngster, with a view to a bigger role next season, could be huge for the Reds as they look for ways to improve their frontline.