The question that now must be asked is whether this trade off is a good one for Liverpool. Will Remy be a significant improvement on Borini and does it represent good business for the club?
The first thing to note is that making any sort of profit on Borini is undoubtedly a fantastic piece of negotiation by the club. Yes, he performed well in patches for Sunderland last season, but he remains far from the finished article and to get £14 million for him from a club with relatively limited resources like Sunderland shows that Liverpool were certainly playing hardball over his sale.
Borini has often flattered to deceive at Liverpool, enduring a stop-start first season at Anfield due to injury and then spending the second season out on loan at the club that is now to procure his services permanently.
When he did play at full fitness, however, his movement always looked very clever and he appeared to have a natural sense of positioning, even if his finishing was occasionally lacking.
Scoring 10 goals from 29 starts for a team without the creative resources of a big club is by no means a bad return for a player of his age, who is yet to have a full Premier League campaign under his belt. Borini will undoubtedly improve as he mature and this is why many people will be wary about letting him go.
However, looking at the man who will potentially replace him, these fears must surely be assuaged at least to a certain extent.
Remy is a proven goal scorer in the Premier League, netting 14 times for Newcastle in just 26 appearances. At 27 he is in the prime of his career and will bring a certain amount of experience to the Reds’ exciting but youthful attack.
He is a good natural finisher and is guaranteed to make up a fair proportion of the goals lost through Luis Suarez’s departure if he plays; something that could not necessarily be said of Borini.
Whether he will play, and where, is a different matter. Daniel Sturridge will be hard to dislodge in front of him as the main striker and that is undoubtedly Remy’s preferred position.
However, with Liverpool’s newfound Champions’ League commitments he will undoubtedly get at least a certain amount of game time as the principal focus of the attack, particularly if Daniel Sturridge succumbs to any form of injury, as he did last season.
The exchange of Remy for Borini, represents sensible business for the club. Yes, they may regret selling Borini somewhere down the line if he does end up fulfilling his potential.
However, this is by no means a certainty and to have got £14 million for him represents fantastic business for the club in the present. Remy coming in at almost half the price easily fills any void there might have been and goes some way to replacing Suarez’s goals and creativity as well. All in all this could be an excellent few days of market activity for Brendan Rodgers and his side.
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