After English newspaper ‘The Star’ reported that Liverpool had put a one million pound price tag on midfielder Conor Coady, Scott Taylor (@ScottTaylorUK) decides whether that price tag is correct for the 21 year old scouser.
Following a fantastic loan spell for League One side Sheffield United, central midfielder Conor Coady returned to Liverpool a much happier person, having got the appropriate amount of game time whilst improving his performances as a result. So, is he worth the seven figure price tag?
When he first joined the Blades, Liverpool would have been very lucky to get £1m for the youngster, who has come through the academy at Kirkby. However, after his loan spell it is looking more likely that he is worth £1m. He started off inconsistently for the League One side, being in and out of the team like West Brom have been in and out of the Premier League, but then from Christmas onwards he started to consolidate his place in Nigel Clough’s starting XI. Due to his revival at Sheffield United, his loan spell was extended twice, first after his original 6 month loan expired, and then because he turned 21 so it was no longer a youth loan deal. His impressive season ended as his loan side rose from 23rd in League One to 7th having won nine of their last ten games, thanks to Coady. In his 50 appearances he made for Sheffield United, Coady scored 6 goals, with most of them coming after January, when he knew his place in the side was not as under threat as in September, showing that if he knows the manager has confidence in him, then he will perform without any pressure on his shoulders. He is a players who has added goals to his game without losing any quality in his defensive work as well. Because he is only 21, he will always improve and to be the quality he is today without any improvements shows that he has the potential to be a very good all round player.
So, I took to Twitter with your thoughts about this and I got a very interesting response from a Blades fan: Alex (@AlexNortherner) said “He’s coming to us [Sheffield United]! Top player, and bargain price! Personally think it’s far too little but I ain’t complaining!”
This shows the impact that Coady made a Sheffield United and Blades fans will be wondering if Coady was in the form he was in, in May at the start of the season then maybe just maybe Sheffield United would be in the play-offs.
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