5 clubs that made luxury signings they didn't need in the 2016 summer transfer window
The summer transfer window is that time of year when it’s a free-for-all – as players and managers of different clubs gaze at each other with lustful eyes, indulging in fantasies of greener grass in a new club’s jersey. Every club has a position where they need reinforcement, plugging a hole in the squad that could potentially transform them into title contenders.
Yet, sometimes, managers can’t help themselves – consider Arsene Wenger’s obsessive accumulation of dimunitive, injury-prone creative midfielders over the years when Arsenal needed steel in their lineup. The Frenchman seems to have cured himself of the disease, but there are plenty of his peers who have signed a player they don’t need this summer, thus ensuring that players with real quality will spend the season stuck on the bench.
Here are 5 clubs that have indulged in a luxury signing
1 Liverpool – Georginio Wijnaldum
That the announcement of a £25 million signing was greeted with bemusement by fans of a club is perhaps indicative of our times. Yet, the Liverpool fans had some justification for going ‘why?’ when the signing of Wijnaldum was announced. Sadio Mane had just been announced as an incoming attacking midfielder, and while Wijnaldum can also play the box-to-box role, Liverpool are chock full of those midfielders as well.
Putting aside Joe Allen who is on his way out of the club, Liverpool also have Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Emre Can and Lucas Leiva who can play in central midfield. Jurgen Klopp favours a high pressing style, which might give Wijnaldum the nod, but he is defensively suspect – a flaw that may see him benched for a majority of the season.
Even if Klopp decides to play the Dutchman in the attacking front three, that would require him to displace one of Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. The former Newcastle man might perhaps find plenty of chances given their propensity to get injured, which might be Klopp’s reasoning.