TNT Sports pundit Rio Ferdinand does not believe Liverpool midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai has performed wonderfully so far this season as some other pundits and fans have thought.
The Hungary international has certainly caught the eye with his displays since moving from RB Leipzig for £60m in the summer but, speaking on his FIVE YouTube channel, Ferdinand said that praise for Szoboszlai has been over the top:
“I know everyone is hyping him, but I don’t think Dominik Szoboszlai has done (as well as people make out). He’s a good player but people are saying ‘oh, he’s the next [Steven] Gerrard!’ and I haven’t seen that yet.”
Ferdinand may have a point
If you look at Szoboszlai’s numbers since arriving at Anfield in July, he hasn’t exactly contributed a great deal, with 4 goals and 3 assists in 26 appearances.
For that reason, Ferdinand’s criticism is fair. However, it must be pointed out that Szoboszlai is still only 23 years of age, and there is scope for him to improve in the future.
While he may not have impressed Ferdinand, Szoboszlai has attracted the attention of former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson, who called him his “favourite player in the Premier League” back in November.
The Hungarian is certainly an exciting player to watch with his lung-bursting runs forward, strong dribbling and an excellent right foot that can hammer the ball from long distance.
While Szoboszlai may not be the second coming of Steven Gerrard, he does possess all the qualities that suggest he will have a long and successful career with the Reds.