Six goals in two games is the kind of ratio you would expect from the world’s best. But step forward PSV Eindhoven wonderkid Donyell Malen, who boasts such incredible stats after a whirlwind week in red and white.
Malen, 20, has scored 10 goals in 13 league and cup appearances for PSV this season, netting five in a 5-0 win over Vitesse Arnhem last weekend. He even scored in a Europa League win over Sporting Lisbon on Thursday night.
The Netherlands international came through the ranks at Ajax before Arsenal opted to bring the wonderkid to The Emirates in the summer of 2015. But after 24 reserve appearances and failing to make his senior bow, PSV snapped him up.
That decision by Arsenal has seriously backfired as the striker has now netted 21 goals in 59 league and cup appearances for PSV, and is now likely to be on the shortlist of European clubs far and wide.
Liverpool could do with a player like Malen. Yes, Roberto Firmino is without doubt the club’s first-choice striker and Divock Origi is adequate back-up, but the Belgian is arguably below the standard needed for a Champions League winning side.
Rhian Brewster is yet to prove himself at the top level and Liverpool need to show they remain the best team in European football by making a marquee signing – something which they failed to do in the summer.
Malen would be the perfect example. Young, quick, versatile – he can play on both wings – and bang in form, Malen boasts all the traits that would see him fit right at home at Anfield. Liverpool have got to consider a move for the youngster soon.