NEWS: Robertson departs for Liverpool


We were never going to keep Andy Robertson, were we? Even if City had stayed up and possessed responsible owners, it’d have been a lot to expect. And so it’s come to pass, with the Scottish international becoming the latest but perhaps most widely anticipated departure of this dispiriting summer.

He’s joined Liverpool, a rare instance of a City player leaving directly for a top-half-of-the-top-flight club. The fee’s around £8m, decidedly on the low side for a played with such colossal potential. Half the value of Maguire, really? Hmm. Still, since joining City three summers ago, his explosive talent has been obvious, and taking a further step up the footballing ladder has always looked likely.

It’s the latest move in a steep career progression for Robertson. Rejected by Celtic for being “too small” (how the hell does this still happen in the modern day?) he spent 2012/13 at Scottish amateurs Queens Park and the following season at Dundee United. Still only 23, with 15 Scotland caps and dozens more to come, he could go a very long way in the game. His rampaging runs down the left wing were a joy to watch, and that third (and decisive) goal at Derby County will live long in the memory.

Best of luck, Andy.

9 replies
  1. Dave
    Dave says:

    How in the world have we let him go for only 8m with the transfer frees at this time? If Harry was worth £17m Then we should have looked for at least £20m for Robbo.

    Then we give that £8m back to Liverpool for an untested player? He maybe good, I dont know, but not at the same level as Robertson was.

  2. Kevin Foster
    Kevin Foster says:

    I will miss Robbo for his darting runs down the wing and wish him well but please can we sign a defender to replace him who can defend and not simply be good in attack.

  3. Blackadder
    Blackadder says:

    I still think it’ll be a battle against relegation this season unless we get some quality in defence, Robertson will be missed, more for his marauding runs down the left wing than for his defending but I’m sure he’ll get some top quality coaching in that department from Liverpool. Stewart might turn out to be a good buy but at that price he’d better be, I’ll be very (and pleasantly) surprised if Slutsky is given any more money to spend before the window closes. I still think that Harry M was a gift at 12 million plus add ons, Gibson at Boro is rated at 35 million and Harry is twice as good on the ball, he passes the ball better than a lot of midfielders around today. I’ll miss his barnstorming runs at defenses as well and wish him well in the future.

  4. HempholmeTigers
    HempholmeTigers says:

    and just what exactly is the new Director of Football doing for us….taking lessons in business incompetence from Ehaw?

  5. Bill Carson
    Bill Carson says:

    One attribute not mentioned was Robertsons crossing, far better than Grosickis. £8M for him is scandalous, £20M would have been accurate in the current crazy market.
    It was inevitable he’d leave.
    We need to keep what little we have left and add 5 quality players to at least have a competitive squad next season.

  6. Bill Carson
    Bill Carson says:

    Deja vu ?
    Very similar and screwed up (off the field) pre season to last year.
    Just waiting for Slutsky to walk!
    Grosicki odds on to leave.
    Anyone got any idea what the hell is going on, off the field in Ehab World?
    How about? he’s selling off our assets to pay off the clubs debt, so that he can get out and leave a debt free club, with a respectable squad and manager and hand the club over, free of charge to the supporters? 😂😂😂😂
    Just woken from that dream.

  7. Blackadder
    Blackadder says:

    We’re nailed on for relegation unless we get another four or five decent additions, loaners of course. See my post of 22/07/2017 I don’t believe that Ehaw will sanction any more spending, he’s lashed out 4 million already on a total unknown. Grosicki will be sold to add to the Bank of Allam’s bloated balance and possibly Clucas and Hernandez as well. With 47 million pounds this season in parachute money and 38 million in 2018-19 Ehaw can watch Hull City slide into league 2 and still collect a cool 85 million pounds!

  8. joe red
    joe red says:

    So the league starts again this week, and it feels like more players have left than come in! Can you give us an update of the ins and outs this summer.
    I’m starting to feel sorry for Slutsky, and we havent kicked a ball yet. Surely he was promised cash to spend, know that the squad was paper thin…

  9. gjhdurham
    gjhdurham says:

    Think Robbo may have stayed had the Silva experiment worked. Unfortunately that’s given the idea that you can run the club on loanees. Maybe you can twt… Robbo was a poor PL defender, but the sale price was low. Can Liverpool improve his defending? Probably not on the bench! Too small? You’d think clubs hadn’t heard of growth hormone…
    Think one reason Davies left was that he was sick of trying to bale out Daws and Robbo…amongst other things.
    Stewart seems to have cost about £4 mil plus add ons. Those who’ve seen him seem fairly impressed, so could be a good signing.
    Need some more decent players in as Slut has indicated, but it will be interesting to see how some of our youngsters do. The time has come for several! Letting Tymon slide out, when the Robbo situation was apparent, was Sooo stupid!!
    Grosicki might as well go, if he’s just going to sulk about, as he’ll end up not playing or on the bench! Can’t carry passengers in this league. There were several back sliders in the team last time in this division IMO! Phelan showed that you can get results with a depleted squad with the right spirit…but not over a long season. It will be interesting to see how the big spenders in this league go. Hasn’t worked for Derby so far, but they may have acquired the motivation in the squad!!

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