Liverpool have been urged by former striker Stan Collymore to pursue a “perfect” swap deal for Ivan Toney. However, the question arises – does this proposal truly align with logical reasoning?
Ivan Toney has consistently surfaced in transfer speculations, often linked with prominent clubs like Arsenal and Chelsea. Notably, his impressive tally of 20 Premier League goals last season has fueled these rumors.
Nevertheless, Toney faced an eight-month hiatus from playing due to a suspension related to betting. Now, with his return coinciding with the transfer window, the familiar rumors have resurfaced.
Adding fuel to the speculation, Toney expressed his desire to join a ‘top club competing for trophies’ in a recent Sky Sports interview. Is Liverpool the destination he envisions?
According to former Liverpool player Stan Collymore, it appears so. In his column for CaughtOffside, Collymore advocates for the transfer, deeming it a ‘perfect’ move and proposing a swap deal for Liverpool.
“For me, if Liverpool decided to come calling, that would be perfect,” said Collymore.
“I know they already have an embarrassment of riches in forward areas but if any of them were offloaded in the coming months, the Brentford star could be a great addition. I rate Toney so highly that I could see him in between [Mohamed] Salah and [Luis] Diaz.
“Liverpool will likely look at him and say ‘not for us’ but if I was the Reds, I would genuinely be inclined to let [Cody] Gakpo go, who I don’t think will go on to become a prolific Liverpool striker, and replace him with Toney. If they offered Brentford cash and Gakpo, I wonder if the Bees would go for that?”
It’s a topic sure to spark discussion, yet the notion is somewhat baffling. Collymore rightly asserts that Gakpo is unlikely to become a prolific Liverpool striker, mainly because he isn’t a true striker; his forte lies in being a winger and playmaker, not a no.9.
Liverpool already boast a no.9 in Darwin Nunez. Opting for Toney would complicate team formation, as both couldn’t occupy the central role simultaneously. This transfer doesn’t seem to offer significant benefits for the Reds.
Moreover, this isn’t akin to American leagues where players can be moved without consent. Gakpo’s likelihood of approving a move to Brentford is virtually nonexistent.
All things considered, placing bets on this scenario might not be the wisest choice.
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