Liverpool have a new young left-back in their crosshairs in the form of Josh Tymon. The Reds have turned their attention towards the 18-year-old defender after hitting numerous road bumps in their pursuit of long-term target Ryan Sessegnon.
According to the Liverpool Echo and The Independent the Fulham left-back was a top target for Jürgen Klopp. However, the club’s courting of the full-back came to an abrupt halt with suggestions the 17-year-old preferred to stay in London and Tottenham Hotspur had entered the equation.
Andy Robertson is reportedly a Liverpool target and a move from the KCOM Stadium to Anfield could still be on the cards. But he’s not the only player from the recently relegated side that Liverpool are keen on.
It has been exclusively revealed to Football Whispers the Reds have now turned their attention towards Hull City’s England Under-20 international Tymon. We understand the versatile full-back has been moved to near the top of the Merseysider’s wish-list.
Liverpool seem determined to bring in a left-sided equivalent of Trent Alexander-Arnold who is a Chelsea transfer target.
Who is Tymon?
It’s not the first time Tymon has been linked with a move to Anfield. In November it was reported by ESPN that Liverpool had sent representatives to cast an eye over the youngster alongside scouts from Spurs and Arsenal.
A move never materialised as the club put the majority of their eggs in the Sessegnon basket. However, the goalposts have now moved and Tymon is once again interesting the recruitment team on Merseyside.
Tymon is not a household name and not one many expected to see on the list of summer transfer targets when Klopp guided the Reds to a fourth-place finish.
But all blockbusters need a supporting cast. Tymon would be just that. He’s the sort of addition to supplement the signings fans yearn for.
The Hull defender has made just the four Premier League starts but appeared in 12 matches in total this season. He was used at both left-back and left-midfield with the Tigers just wanting to give a player they rate highly exposure to the first-team to further his development.
Despite the bit-part role, he did start twice against Manchester United as Marco Silva’s side went on to record a win in the EFL Cup and a draw in the league. He also grabbed his first and only assist for the first-team in a 2-0 FA Cup win over Swansea City.
Would a move make sense?
Tymon appears to tick all of the boxes for a Liverpool signing.
He’s young, he’s English and there’s a lot of promise there. If he manages to hone his raw potential, and is nurtured properly, he could be a starter for England in the future.
It appears he’s just what Klopp has been looking for. He’s not a blank canvas by any means but, due to his age and his obvious ability, he’s malleable. He can be crafted into the sort of full-back the German manager wants for a fraction of the price a ready-made one would cost.
Liverpool fans could be forgiven for feeling as though they’re having a severe bout of déjà vu.
It’s almost like a carbon copy of the scenarios with Ben Chilwell and the aforementioned Sessegnon. All three are young, all supremely talented, all flexible enough to be moulded into one of the world’s best by the former Borussia Dortmund manager but none are for the now.
Due to his lack of first-team action it’s hard to read into his stats or give his performances too much weighting but he does seem mature for his age.
Tymon doesn’t dive into tackles and stays on his feet whenever possible. However, what Liverpool fans will welcome most is just how diligent he appears to be in his defensive play. He doesn’t rely on pace, which he’s not short of, to get him out of jail but instead uses intelligent positioning.
The youngster doesn’t sacrifice his defensive duties in favour of attacking but, at the same time, he’s far from a conservative left-back. There’s a balance to his play which is becoming rare in modern day full-backs.
His current £160-per-week deal – making him the lowest paid player in Premier League history – expires in the summer of 2018, meaning managerless Hull may be forced to cash in on him this summer if they’re to get anything for him.
In the short-term, it looks like an underwhelming deal but In the long-term he could be a potential bargain. The Reds were reportedly prepared to part with close to £20million to secure Sessegnon and Tymon would cost a fraction of that at around the £5million mark.
The former is possibly a generational talent and in a category of his own but Tymon has everything needed to be a quality Premier League player.