Tuesday, 25 January 2011

The Second Flying Dutchman

Ryan Babel Goes to Hoffenheim

by Rhydon Atzenhoffer
January 25, 2011

As the transfer window gets hotter and heavier this week it is now down to the last six days. Despite reports Monday that Liverpool forward Ryan Babel was going to stay at the club to fight for his place, it is now confirmed that he will indeed leave for Bundesliga Club TSG Hoffenheim. The move comes after it appeared to be dead, and the in and out of favor forward will bring in £7 Million for the Reds.

Further confirmation became relevant when team mate Lucas Leiva wrote on Babels Twitter page wishing him the best of luck. The forward had targeted a return to Ajax which was expected to possibly be a part of the Luis Suarez deal in order to further sweeten the offer, but this will not be so.

This grip on new funds will surely be put to use for the Luis Suarez Deal since Babel himself is not included as a swap. The career of Babel on Merseyside was up and down with flashes of brilliance such as his thundering long distance strike against Chelsea in the Knockout stages of the 2007-2008 Champions League at Stamford Bridge. However, failure to truly iron out a consistency level in his performance is most likely one of his main reasons for being told to move on.

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