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Dave, the reason that players get scapegoated is because by signing for LFC they are signing on to expectation. We have a tradition of being the best and that means making very few mistakes. Kuyt and Carra have been through the mill and come out better players, Lucas is on his way out of the mill himself right now. Theres one of 2 things that will happen with Paul Koncheskey, he will either fall by the wayside and be replaced or he will dig deep, concentrate, work hard and come out the other side as a better player. Either way, which ever way he goes will be what he deserves.
Sorry Hobbs got to disagree with you here. You are correctly describing the reality of the current times, but not sure it’s either the tradition, or what is in the interests of the club.
I'm not trying to defend PK, as I think he was a poor signing, and at best is a squad player. But the key here is expectations. If anyone thought that PK coming in would mean we'd just signed a top class LB, then to be fair they need their head examined. So why grade him as if he were a top class LB when he fails to live up to that level?
One the one hand I'd like to agree with you that as a large club, and a club with not just a history and tradition of being the best, but aspirations of quickly returning to that level, that we should be signing the best and holding players accountable if they are not the best.
However, with no new money being invested in the transfer market over the last 3 seasons, a little realism has to creep into our thinking. When we've been forced to sell to spend the best we've been able to hope for is some canny shopping to improve the squad at the margins. Honestly think who was the last really top class players we've been able to bring in? Torres is the only one that comes to mind, everyone else has been players for one reason, maybe good, but have not been wanted by others. That is called shopping at the discount window.
PK is a squad player, and was brought in to fill a hole. Insua was let go on loan (bad move imo, but not Paul's fault), and Aurellio has proven unreliable due to injuries. We had little or no money to spare, so we get what we pay for.