Could Samed Yesil yet rescue his Liverpool career, which has been plagued by injury so far…
Michael Beale hopes that young Liverpool striker Samed Yesil has finally put two years of injury hell behind him, after making an encouraging return with the Under-21 side yesterday.
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Back in the summer of 2012, the 20-year-old German became one of the first players Brendan Rodgers ever signed during his tenure at the club. Unfortunately, he’s since seen his chances limited by a succession of injuries.
As the Liverpool Echo reports, his rupturing of two cruciate ligaments within a year means we’ve barely seen Yesil since his £1m move from Bayer Leverkusen, with just two League Cup appearances to his name thus far.
However, the quality has always been there to see. He scored 20 goals in 21 games for Germany’s Under-17 side between 2010 and 2011, while two years later he added eight in seven matches for the Under-19s.
Now it seems, his goalscoring instinct is returning. He played half an hour during the 2-1 defeat to Fulham at Chester, forcing a couple of good saves from goalkeeper Marek Rodan.
Speaking after the game, Beale said of Yesil: “With Samed, when you get your body back, those little other little things go as well. He’s looked better coming back this time than the previous time so that’s hopeful. I know today, he looks a little bit off it but he still has his one chance and if it goes in everyone is calling him a hero.
“He is that sort of player, around the box things just tend to fall to him, no-one really knows why but that is the mystique of a centre forward.”
The Reds are desperate for an influx in striking quality, with a number of players set to depart this summer (via the Daily Mirror). They could now be handed an unlikely boost in the shape of Yesil, who will be determined to prove himself between now and the end of the season.