Abdulrahman To Liverpool? He's Brilliant But The Emerati Winger Is Another Risk
Rated as the number one Asian player by ESPN in 2012, the name Omar Abdulrahman might not be a household name (unless your household is particularly au fait with football in the United Arab Emirates) but if, according to reports in the Daily Star, Liverpool have their way he soon will be.
A fantastic, exciting winger currently making mince-meat of defenders in UAE, the 22-year-old is subject to a reported £5million fee which'll be officially placed in the summer.
Now - great, on paper, all that.
Expanding the fan base into an emerging territory while securing the services of a quality talent but at 22, Abdulrahman has already suffered two cruciate knee injuries. With an injury like that, the likelihood of a recurrence is multiplied each time. That's worrying.
If this is a purely cynical business move masquerading as a transfer that's one thing but if they're hoping a young player who has only played in a minor league (ex-Sunderland striker and Abdulrahman's teammate at Al Ain, Asamoah Gyan has been the league's top scorer two seasons running) and has already suffered two very serious injuries during key stages of his development will be a surefire hit, they might have another thing coming.