Adam Lallana, what seems like an age ago now, was an exciting prospect for Southampton. From helping fire the Saints into the Premier League to then spearheading their 8th place finish under Mauricio Pochettino in 2013/14. He was a man in demand, making it into the PFA Team of the Year and winning Southampton Player of the Year. Liverpool signed him for £25 million the following season. Yet the Englishman has never really kicked on or reached the heights he was expected to reach. Now coming to the end of his contract, his time at Anfield will end this summer.
The Southampton youth product has had glimpses and patches of brilliance on Merseyside. In particular the 2016/17 season was reminiscent of his time on the South Coast. However inconsistency as well as recent trouble with injury have now left him surplus to requirements. It doesn’t help how incredibly efficient and untouchable Liverpool’s current midfield is or the front three. Lallana’s time at the Reds looks like it will end, with a glittering trophy cabinet. Yet there’s interest from elsewhere in the English top tier.
Former manager Brendan Rodgers is reportedly interested in a reunion with the 31 year old. Sky Sports reported earlier this week that Leicester have made an approach for the midfielder, which looks a likely destination. But the Express are suggesting Southampton are interested in bringing their youth academy graduate back to St Mary’s. As aforementioned, the England international is getting on now at 31. Coupled with his poor injury history and spells of inconsistency, would he make a good signing?
Adam Lallana – Style of Play
As aforementioned, 2016/17 was the midfielder’s best season at Anfield. 8 goals and 7 assists in 31 Premier League games was instrumental in returning the side to the Champions League. Though he’s lost a bit pace and had injury problems since then, Lallana’s technical ability is still as good as it was. The old cliche form is temporary, class is permanent.
At 5ft 8, Lallana is a skilful dribbler with excellent footwork. The low centre of gravity with his frame means he can weave in and out of defenders effortlessly. Even in his best season with Liverpool, 1.1 dribbles per game may not be as high as you expect. However the dribbles he does make are significant and difficult to stop. As shown in video, his ability on ball allows him to win penalties as well as play in teammates.
The video highlights how dangerous the Englishman is in the box. Whether that be creative flicks, intricate passes or clinical finishes, he’s a massive threat for any team. Averaging 1.6 shots and 1.4 key passes per game in 2016/17, the former Bournemouth loanee was on great form, full of confidence in front of goal. What makes him even more of a threat is how he’s two footed and comfortable shooting with either his left or his right. Such a useful and underrated quality to have.
It’s also worth mentioning how industrious Adam Lallana is. Fighting for the badge and running tirelessly, he’s an asset to any side in terms of professionalism. Even in 2019/20 with his limited appearances of the bench, the 31 year old has averaged 1.3 tackles per game. For an attacking midfielder, that’s quite impressive. A testament to the work rate he would bring to a side.
Though a lot of this is based on 3 seasons ago, it’s just a case of staying fit with the Englishman. He came off the bench and rescued a point for Liverpool against Manchester United at Old Trafford this season. Had they have lost that game, would they have gone on the run they have done? Who knows. Either way, Adam Lallana on a free transfer would be a good signing for any side. A valuable option as a squad player and someone who will always give 100%.
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