Spanish international Alberto Moreno left Liverpool recently and moved on with his career, after failing to impress manager Jurgen Klopp and make it into the starting eleven. The defensive superstar barely had any game-time for the Reds and spent most of the time on the bench.
He was initially wanted by Barcelona, then by Arsenal and most recently has signed a deal with La Liga outfit Villarreal. Moreno was a free-agent at present and had a lot of options, but he decided to return back home to Spain.
One such club that were interested in adding him to their squad initially were the north London giants, who have always had a thing for free-agents and have signed a lot of them in the past as well. With Unai Emery looking to make things happen at the Emirates, here are three reasons that the Londoners should have actually signed the left-back:
3. Kolasinac sale and the inflow of funds
If Moreno would have been signed by the Gunners, it would have given Emery some confidence with regards to his left-backs. Monreal has not looked his same, confident self in the previous term and Kolasinac was considering a potential move away from the club.
With that being said, if Arsenal wanted to raise funds for more potential deals by making the sale, signing Moreno would have helped them do that. Both players are decent pushing forward, though they fail to get back in time to defend. Keeping that in mind, either one can replace the other.
So, if the north London giants intend on selling, they can do so and bring in one or two more defensive stars with the money.
2. The Spanish connection and a former Emery player
Moreno also plays for Spain and is a former Unai Emery player, during their time together at Sevilla, prior to the star’s departure to Anfield. Further, he has an idea about his compatriot’s tactics and could surely fit in at least as a backup star, if not a first team player.
On the other hand, Emery likes to play with three defenders and a couple of wing-backs. Moreno can surely play the role of a left wing-back quite well and could have revived his career at the Emirates, if the board had decided to sign him.
In a transfer window when Laurent Koscielny is trying to force a move away from north London and the bids for Kieran Tierney are turning out to be a joke, a “manager’s player” could have really helped the cause.
1. He is good at pushing forward, but can’t defend
As mentioned earlier, the main problem with Moreno was the fact that he could not defend well. He also always better pushing forward and could have been slotted in as a winger if needed too. Many players in the past have transitioned from a defensive role, to an attacking one and this change have happened under Emery.
Jurgen Klopp did not give Moreno chances as an attacking option and always tried to fit him in as a defensive one. He was given very few games and Robertson had already taken his place in the playing eleven, which is the main reason he actually left the club, despite their Champions League triumph from last season.