Following his release from North London side Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool have moved quickly to snap up versatile defender Kevin Stewart. However, who is the Reds latest signing? Scott Taylor (@ScottTaylorUK) gives you the lowdown on the youngster.
Aged just 20, Kevin Stewart has plenty of promise and potential. He was very popular amongst the players and the coaching staff at Spurs, having came through the ranks up until Under 21 level. Stewart was primarily deployed as a centre-back, but can play at left-back and right-back if needed. It was surprising that Spurs played him as a centre-back as he is only 5’7, which isn’t very tall for a defender to be playing in the middle, and his height alone suggests he is more suited to a full-back role, something Liverpool are in need of after a deal broke down to sign Alberto Moreno.
Despite being such a character off the field he never made it at Spurs and the closest he came to making his debut was when he was an unused substitute for Spurs’ Europa League fixture against PAOK in 2011. In order to increase his chances of breaking into the first team, Stewart was sent out on loan to League One side Crewe Alexandra to get some meaningful game time under his belt. Stewart made four appearances and was part of a Crewe side that won the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in April 2013, beating Southend United. Despite playing only a handful of games for the first team at Crewe, he did impress for their Under 21 side.
His experience of winning a major trophy at Crewe was not his first time he has won something, having won the Under 21 Southern League in 2011, and the fact that he isn’t new to winning trophies is a key attribute to have when playing for a team like Liverpool. To people who are judging Liverpool’s new signing as a failure after he was released by Spurs, think again.
The key reason why Liverpool snapped him up after Spurs decided not to offer him a professional contract is that the current Liverpool Under 21s manager is Alex Inglethorpe. Inglethorpe previously managed Spurs’ youth side between 2006 and 2012, so will know Stewart’s strengths and weaknesses in and out. Boyhood Liverpool fan Stewart signed for the club on 1st July on a two year deal. Liverpool have also snapped up Chilean goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux, who has previously been on trial at the club and the shot-stopper also signed from Tottenham Hotspur.
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