Friday, August 27, 2010

Aquilani ends disappointing Premier League career

With his transfer to Juventus officially completed, and a return to England very unlikely, Alberto Aquilani has finally shut the door on what can only be described as a disappointing Premier League career.

Aquilani joined Liverpool last season on a €20 million transfer from Roma following the departure of Xabi Alonso. Injuries plagued Aquilani as they have done his entire career, and he didn’t make his first start for the club until December 26th. Many quickly realized that Aquilani was not a substitute for Xabi Alonso, as they have distinctly different playing styles.

As the season progressed Il Principe was able to showcase some of his talents. He racked up three assists in a game against Burnley, and finished the season with six assists, however inconsistent playing time and a lack of fitness eventually led to Aquilani finishing the campaign with just two goals and six assists in 26 appearances for Liverpool.

Aquilani will likely never return to the Premier League. He has recently stated that he is at Juventus to stay, saying “England has been a very beautiful experience, but I am here (in Italy) to stay.” Aquilani believes that back home in Italy is the place where he will be able to get his career back on track, and get back into contention for the World Cup team (although he will be 30 by that time).

Aquilani’s transfer comes at a difficult time for Liverpool, as they have only taken one point from their first two games this season, with many Liverpool fans already realizing this might not be their year. Aquilani would not have saved this season by staying, but with Aquilani leaving and Javier Mascherano also on his way out, Liverpool’s quality in the midfield has been further depleted.

As a fan of Serie A I wished Alberto Aquilani the best of luck in the Premier League when he transferred. Although I am happy to see him back in Italy, I can’t say that I’m not disappointed that he didn’t make more of an impact in the English game. Liverpool fans will likely try and forget the Italian’s ill fated venture to England.

I know I will.

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