Liverpool loves to splash cash
Is Downing THAT good (or even better than A. Young) to be priced 20mil quid??
Yes he may be a bit expensive...but...
From Opta Stats:
135 - Stewart Downing has completed more crosses in open play than any other player in the Premier League over the last three seasons. Whip.
34.4 - Stewart Downing has averaged 34.4 appearances over the past five Premier League seasons. Reliable.
Considering we've got big Andy Carroll in the middle, crosses are important.
As with Jordan Henderson...
110 - Jordan Henderson, Luka Modric & Samir Nasri have all created 110 PL goalscoring chances since Aug 2009. Transferable.
Yes they are stats, you can bend them whichever way you want them to, but the point is there is at least a basis on them signings. King Kenny has got people who can finish chances (Luis Suarez, Andy Carroll, Dirk Kuyt) but he now has bought people who will create them. Plus there is that problem of squad depth.
Plus, it's really not splashing cash, Chelsea pretty much paid for most of Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez. Torres + Babel = 58 million -> Suarez + Carroll = 58 million. So the money spent this summer is not really that much (look at Man Utd).
Rumours today that Nani will be going the other way.
Nani was at Harvard University the other day.