I don’t know why, but I had some reservations about Babel when I heard he was going to return to the PL but just now I watched Ryan sprint half the length of the pitch to score a goal against Everton. He obviously still has lots of pace, and seems like he works harder these days which made me think should we make a cheeky bid for him, hopefully he has some sort of relegation clause. He’s no Ian Rush but Babel certainly looks like he has looked after himself and I think having him as a back up any of the front three would be nice. Admittedly I just want to dream that he would bust a gut to make amends (for his first Liverpool stint but) you never know, his red hairstyle might be his “come and get me Liverpool” sign language, I’m reaching I know 🙂 Has anyone kept tabs on him could do a job for us or would he be a bad fit for us?
Your feelings on this are totally understandable. I’ve wanted a return on so many players over the years. I thought I’d died and gone to heaven when we resigned Robbie Fowler. I think each player and situation should be judged on it’s own merits, so we should be careful when saying that X won’t work out because Y didn’t… but we can’t rule out a certain correlation factor at least.
I haven’t watched Babel at all this season. I havent seen the moment you’re talking about but I’ll take your word for it.
If he truly has been working hard and is willing to continue an improved work ethic then I actually think your pie in the sky idea has got some substance. I was never happy with how the whole Babel thing kinda fizzled out. I don’t think anyone was. He did seem like a talented player who never really applied himself. If he’s changed that and is available for a cut price/wages then I don’t see why we can’t at least look at him.
If I could chose an ex-player for us to go after though it would be Suarez. I think if we had him from the start of this season, we’d be several pints ahead of City now. That may seem like it’s doing our lads a disservice, it’s not. If anything, it would get more out of them as they’d be more motivated and well rested, as a result of us having quality competition/back up.
Food for thought but I’d say, likely nothing more.
I agree with you Mak if we had Suarez we maybe wouldn’t have drawn so many of those games. Babel by far is no Saurez but he still appears to that strong explosive long-legged (Martial/Zaha/Origi lol) quality about him. From what I’ve read Babel is still one of the main components of the current Dutch national team, I guess that is another tick and shows that he has matured maybe? Again, I haven’t really seen him since he left. But what I did see when we played Fulham and the goal tonight suggests that he is one of the best things about a poor Fulham team this season.
Rob I agree, but still I wonder if his improvement game discipline wise is one reason he regained a position as one of Hollands main strikers? Regardless id much prefer his younger team mate sessengnon.