Date:Tuesday December 11 2012
Perhaps by pure coincidence, but it was only last night that I was talking up Jake Livermore joining QPR on loan. Today it is a mini headline.
Now I'm not for one second going to get paranoid and start believing that someone was eavesdropping my conversation in my local, but I do believe the move would be a good one for all parties, should there be a potential to make it. Last night I was debating the merits of Scott Parker and claiming that it would be foolish for Spurs to offload him in the new year and that he was total for Spurs, whilst Jake Livermore would be the player to offer Harry Redknapp the type of midfielder he needs, whilst also giving Jake games and experience to hopefully boost Tottenham in the medium term.
Now I am a big fan of Livermore and have never believed the stick he has received this season by his own fans. For me he is a great character and vastly under-rated player, that has simply suffered with a lack of selection and his early season partnership with Sandro, which was simply poor player chemistry and a selection based more on lack of option than an ideal link based on playing styles. For me, Jake was equally effective or ineffective than Sandro in the opening games, and it was more about a partnership that was too defensive minded that forced both players to look ineffective and devoid of creativity. Was it Jake's fault that we didn't have a creative player in the first few games?
With the hoped for return of Scott Parker, who completed his second 90 minutes in yesterdays U-21 game against Sunderland, you feel that opportunities will be even more limited for Jake in the second half of the season, as he will effectively become the third choice defensive CM in the squad and therefore the idea of his leaving on loan should Parker prove his fitness over the next few weeks seems sensible. To me, Jake has been underused by AVB this season and I feel we have missed a great opportunity to play him and rest Sandro on occasions this season, especially in Europe. Does this indicate a lack of vision or faith in the player on the part of AVB?
With the return to fitness of Tom Huddlestone, I feel that one of these two will be moved on in the very near future, either permanently or on a short term loan. Which if either fit into the plans of AVB, I have no idea, but certainly if we manage to bring in another central player, you feel that chances will be very few for both and I remain unconvinced that Hudd has the speed of movement in possession in a midfield two, and that Livermore is deemed ready or quite good enough by AVB. Offering Jake a chance to play once again for Harry Redknapp in a team you feel he would offer the much needed bite and steel, could be the perfect opportunity to establish himself as a first team contender with Spurs next season or alternatively put him in the shop window, should AVB feel he has no future it WHL...
Date:Tuesday December 11 2012
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