Liverpool loan Assaidi to Stoke for the rest of the season

For some players, moving to one of the big clubs can be a real achievement at first but becomes much more frustrating after first team opportunities become limited over time.

Moroccan midfielder Oussama Assaidi is one player who had experienced that at Liverpool over the past season after he failed to make an impact during his debut year at the club.

With the 25 year old not in their first team plans, Liverpool have now loaned the player out to Stoke for the rest of the season.

Being known for his pace and creativity, Assaidi is likely going to give a bit more attacking options to Mark Hughes’ squad which is lacking somewhat in that department.

Hughes has commented on his pleasure at completing the signing as it helps Stoke continue to refresh their reputation since Tony Pulis left the club last year. This was highlighted in comments made by Hughes who told the BBC: “He will certainly add another dimension to what we already have at the club.”

These thoughts were echoed by Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes who believed that their latest signing shows that The Potters will have the resources to be a competitive side in the league stating: “He is an exciting talent and will certainly strengthen the resources at Mark’s disposal this season.”

The move will come as a relief for Assaidi who struggled last season to be a regular part of the Liverpool line-up making just 4 Premier League appearances since joining from Heerenveen for £2.4m last year.

Assaidi did impress some figures though with a handful of strong appearances in the Europa League and League Cup including registering an assist during The Reds 3-2 victory over West Brom in September 2012.

It was a reminder of what the player achieved in Holland where the Moroccan was a real attacking threat and scored 10 goals in 29 during his final season for Heerenveen.

This was also enough to warrant a call up to the Moroccan national side where the winger has picked up 10 caps and scored 2 goals since débuting in 2011 .

Moving to Stoke will be a good place for Assaidi to show what he is capable of in the Premier League and also help The Potters re-establish themselves as one of the most competitive and unpredictable squads in the top flight.

Andrew Roach is writer and editor of A keen Arsenal fan who is always on the pulse of all things at the Emirates!