Hodgson targets more signings
Published 22/07/2010 | 10:09
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson hopes new signing Danny Wilson is just the first of many young players with "exceptional talent" he will be able to bring to the club.
While the focus, naturally, has been on assessing the strengths of the first team, bringing in players of the quality of Joe Cole and working to secure the commitment of senior players, Hodgson is well aware he has to have one eye on the future.
Wilson fits into the latter category, with the 18-year-old having yesterday signed a three-year contract after Liverpool agreed a deal which could be worth up to £5m with Rangers.
Hodgson has been working with a mainly reserve side at the club's Switzerland training camp because of delayed holidays for those players involved at the World Cup and so has seen first hand Liverpool's potential up-and-coming stars.
His first match in charge last night saw a team with only three first-team regulars - Lucas Leiva, Alberto Aquilani and David Ngog - draw 0-0 with Grasshoppers.
"In tandem with what we're doing with the first team, we've got to have our eyes and ears alert to any young talent that could be future stars," said the Reds boss.
"The earlier we get them into the club the better. Against Grasshoppers we saw young players like Nathan Eccleston and David Amoo, young players who showed they've got exceptional talent.
"We need more players of that type of quality. Danny Wilson is certainly one and I'm very pleased we've brought him into the club."