Liverpool sold Bobby Duncan on deadline day with the young striker heading to Fiorentina. He only stayed at Liverpool for one year, scoring more than 30 goals in the academy but failing to make a first-team breakthrough.
The Reds have lost a promising young striker but his exit was in the best interests of both parties. It could also pave the way for Paul Glatzel to make his mark in the first-team quicker than expected. Here are three factors at play as Glatzel aims for a senior breakthrough.
Double exit paves way for Glatzel
This summer, Liverpool released Daniel Sturridge and sold Duncan. Roberto Firmino remains the main man at centre-forward with Divock Origi waiting in the wings. But after that, Jurgen Klopp will look to his academy strikers.
With Duncan and Sturridge now out of the equation, there are two standout candidates to jump up from the academy. Rhian Brewster is probably in pole position and Glatzel is next in line. Given Brewster’s injury record, though, it could be a sudden jump for Glatzel if Liverpool need a striker.
Glatzel shines at youth level
Duncan’s record at youth level was very impressive but it was well-documented. Glatzel, on the other hand, seemed to go under the radar but he was still prolific. In fact, Duncan and Glatzel formed a frightening partnership at U18 and U23 level.
Glatzel scored just under 30 goals in the Liverpool U18 and U23 side last season, earning him his first professional contract. This convinced Klopp to take a look at him during pre-season and he clearly rates the youngster highly.
Injury recovery is imperative
There is one main obstacle blocking Glatzel’s rise: he is out injured. The 18-year-old had to undergo surgery on a knee injury and how he bounces back from this will determine his readiness for action.
Brewster has had his injury woes and he needs to be the example for Glatzel. Liverpool have two talented teenage strikers to cushion the blow of losing Duncan. Glatzel and Brewster could lead the new generation.