Carlton Palmer urges Leeds to sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Former Leeds United midfielder has urged Leeds United to sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Liverpool this summer.
Recently, reports have emerged that the Reds are willing to part ways with the England international come the end of the season.
Chamberlain, 27, who’s only started two league games this season, has had rotten luck with injuries, but even when fit has fallen down the pecking order for Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.
Signed from Arsenal with plenty of promise, Chamberlain has been capable of grabbing games by the scruff of their necks, but these glimpses have been fleeting at best.
When on song, he has the ability to get the Kop dancing to his tune, and Klopp is understood to be a fan too – referring to one of his performances as ‘outstanding’. [This is Anfield]
With the club looking to strengthen in the summer, they want to free up space in their squad and on their payroll and would welcome the funds generated from the 27-year-old’s sale.
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Palmer believes that this is the opportune moment for Leeds to sweep in and sign the player.
He told This Is Futbol, “Alex could be a good fit for any team. I think he’s a very good player. I think he’s just been unfortunate with injuries.
“I don’t know why Liverpool would want to sell him – maybe he wants to play more regular football.
“I mean, why not? Leeds have done fantastically well and this is what I’m talking about going to the next level. You know, the likes of Oxlade-Chamberlain could take you to the next level, and it’s a big club as well.”
What’s he thinking?
Palmer makes the argument for why Liverpool are selling him – the fact that he’s injured a lot – and is then confused by why they’re letting him go.
If we were to sign players on their talent and not looking at their injury record, there was a good chance Michael Cuisance would be at the club.
He failed his Leeds medical only to pass it at Marseille a few weeks later – where’s he’s been shortlisted as one of Ligue 1’s flops of the season.
The club has a thorough scouting process and Marcelo Bielsa has extremely high fitness demands from his players, and Chamberlain does not fit the bill.
We’re looking for someone who can play more than 30 league games in a season and should look for players that are hard-workers in training that go the extra mile in order to ensure they avoid injuries.
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