It seems that Alex Teixeira is the next Ukraine based prodigy that Liverpool have decided to embarrass themselves over and I for one think him and Hazard will forge a great partnership next season. But in all serious, Liverpool really shouldn’t add Teixeira to the list of Mhkityran and Konoplyanka of Ukranian Premier League players Liverpool have totally messed up transfers for within the past 2 years. Those god damn Ukrainian League owners have the sheer cheek to not lower THEIR valuation to what WE want to pay? They’re nearly as bad as demanding £49 for a slightly-above-average 19 year old! Insanity.
If we really want him, then we should pay up. Simple. My first point that took some intense thinking for paying full price is that Alex Teixeira is really really good at football. They say that you can’t read too much in to the stats of a footballer, but Teixeira’s simply cannot be ignored. After scoring 26 goals in 26 games this season, there’s little wonder why some of Europe’s biggest clubs are looking to secure the 26 year old Brazilians services. He has genuinely scored 22 goals in 15 games in the Ukranian Premier League. The man is a machine. Of course, the Ukrainian League is by no means the strongest league in the world but the player closest to him has scored 10 goals… in 16 games. Let’s have a look at some of the other biggest names to come from Ukraine have fared. For a starters Teixeira has scored more league goals this season in 15 games for the same team than Willian did in his whole Shakhtar career spanning 109 games. However, in fairness Willian is a winger so a more apt comparison would be Mkhitryan. The Dortmund man had a season that was regarded of one of the best ever in Ukrainian football. He scored 25 goals in 26 games which is very respectable indeed. Alex Teixeira current stand with 22 goals. He is averaging 1.47 goals a game. There are 10 games left of his season. I’ll leave the maths to you. Regardless of strength of the league he most definitely knows where the net is.
There’s a bit of a samba theme running on Merseyside at the moment and I’m sure it does no harm owning his national compatriots in Coutinho and co. He also has the chance to go down in to the history books right next to LFC legends Doni and Fabio Aurelio. The most important piece of the Brazilian trio we currently have is probably Lucas. Lucas had a huge hand in the signing of Coutinho and Firmino by persuading them both to come, while he was also a factor in why Suarez gave us another season. Rumour has it Lucas can be a very persuasive man… Anyways, it’s for this reason that makes the transfer significantly less of a risk as settling in will be far easier with the likes of Lucas and co which is definitely an important point as we have seen time and time again players fail to adapt to the Premier League. Yep, especially us Liverpool fans. This is not to mention a front 3 of Alex, Bobby and Phil is quite simply mouth-watering, I would go as far to say not only the best front three in the league but definitely top 10 in the world. Oh, and them 3 behind that guy who plays every now and then would be quite decent. I forget his name.
As with Firmino, Coutinho and Lallana, Teixeira can slot in to any of the forward roles. The flexibility we’d have would be amazing, not to mention the fluidity in play as all our forwards are technically gifted. And then there’s Benteke. I’m definitively convinced Teixiera is about a perfect fit for us as we’re going to get. The player is literally begging for a move. For the first time in a while a big foreign player WANTS Liverpool. Ah, the Klopp affect. His desire to play for his national team is unmatched which if any of this willing and desire is translated on to the pitch he will fit our soon to be gegenpressing style perfectly. There will always be the argument that he can’t be that good is he is uncapped however there are some things many people do not know. The Brazil national team is not picked by the coach but quite ridiculously by the sponsors. The most marketable players are chosen which has subsequently lead to players Hulk being a mainstay in that team, which is arguably the worst it has ever been. I would go as far to suggest that he is only in the team because is name is Hulk. I much rather have Teixeira on any given day of the week.
Finally to round up, there are 3 words that I am sure can convince you that Teixeira is worth the substantial amount. Andy fucking Carroll. No more will big Andy be the record signing only to be replaced by an exotic Brazilian centre forward entering the peak of his career.
Of course, I am not suggesting that he will come to Liverpool and be instantly the best player in the world. There is a definite risk factor but there will be with any transfer. Personally I think he would be worth it in todays inflated market, but understand people’s hesitance. Let’s be honest, Ian Ayre is on the case. Anything could happen.
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