As John W Henry made his fortune in futures buying and selling, he clearly is aware of the significance of shopping for or promoting at the very best second. Yet Liverpool could have made a pricey mistake within the switch market, no less than if rumours are to be believed.
Last summer season it was reported that the Reds have been trying to signal Aurelien Tchouameni from Monaco for £25milion. While that deal didn’t come to move, the rumours have refused to go away, and have resurfaced as soon as once more.
Things could also be transferring ahead now although. Santi Aouna of Foot Mercato has claimed Liverpool have contacted the participant’s representatives relating to a possible switch, with Jurgen Klopp having recognized Tchouameni as “one of his priorities” for this summer season.
However, it would reportedly now value no less than £42million to prise the 22-year-old midfielder out of Ligue 1 and into the Premier League. As Tchouameni will solely have two years remaining on his contract on the finish of this season, why has the value risen by 68 p.c?
One key distinction from final summer season is that the Monaco man is now a full worldwide, having made eight appearances for France this season. Tchouameni scored his first purpose final outing too, netting the winner in a 2-1 victory over Ivory Coast.
While Ibrahima Konate has not but made the step as much as the senior facet, he did win two under-21 caps alongside Tchouameni over the past European Championship at that stage. If Liverpool want any perception into the participant’s character forward of doubtless making a bid, they do have somebody they’ll ask.
With the Reds’ recruitment course of as completely analytical as it’s, Tchouameni might want to tick the right numerical containers and he has been doing that not too long ago. In February, WhoScored declared that the Monaco midfielder was essentially the most in-form participant in Europe’s massive 5 leagues based on their algorithm.
A primary half pink card in a subsequent 1-1 draw at Bordeaux ensured he fell down their pecking order, however to even attain that lofty standing at such a young age is not any imply feat. Tchouameni is most spectacular on the defensive metrics, with solely two gamers in Europe’s prime 5 leagues amassing a better mixed complete of tackles and interceptions in 2021/22 (per FBRef).
It’s additionally encouraging to see he leans in direction of the latter of the 2 defensive statistics. Milan Badelj of Genoa is the one one of many different 10 massive league gamers with over 170 tackles and interceptions to have a decrease proportion of the overall made up of the previous.
Tackles undoubtedly have a spot, however there’s no assure of retaining possession after making one. If a participant data a number of interceptions, it implies they’ve better expertise of anticipation and may step in to snuff out any hazard earlier than the final resort of a deal with is required.
And it’s not that Tchouameni is simply robust on the defensive facet, it’s simply the place he ranks highest. He can actually play too, as evidenced by the very fact he’s within the prime 10 gamers in France for passes into the ultimate third, progressive passes and dribble success charge. Perhaps extra notable is the very fact he stands additional up the passing and dribbling charts than he did in 2020/21, clear proof of a participant who’s creating, enhancing and who could now be prepared for a transfer to a much bigger membership.
These are additionally metrics Thiago Alcantara has carried out effectively in opposition to through the years, which helps clarify why Statsbomb imagine Tchouameni is without doubt one of the 10 midfielders to whom he’s most related.
In that case, maybe the Reds view Tchouameni because the long-term heir of Thiago’s place within the crew? Whether that involves move or not, we will should see. But ready a 12 months – if they’re genuinely – has already supposedly value them £17million, and so they could not want to threat that occurring once more.
This article was first printed in March 2022 and has since been up to date