Credit where it's due for Brendan in seeing his (and Emre's) potential, I suppose. Assuming 'you' are one of those who believe Brendan was responsible, for all transfers, obviously.
Always been my way mate. Kenny bought Suarez because he was in charge when we signed him, Rodgers I'm afraid has to take the rap for Markovic, Balotelli, Mignolet etc just as Rafa has to for Albert Waterman. Similarly obviously if we're going to blame a manager for "spunking" 300 million quid (or indeed for "not giving the go ahead" for signing Maine for 6 million quid twelve months earlier or whatever it was), we have to also give him credit for the likes of Sturridge, Coutinho, Firmino, Lallana, Lovren, Clyne, etc etc. It's what being balanced, consistent and sensible is all about.
As for Stewart, he's OK isn't he? I'd be a little gutted if we had paid much for him as he obviously isn't going to play over often and IMHO isn't ever likely to be a shining light. I can see the similarity to Emre Can in that he's youngish and plays in midfield, has dark hair, etc, but beyond that it seems like an odd comparison as we (Rodgers) paid 10 million for Can whereas Kevin Stewart was a free agent when we got him (another good pick up) after he'd been released by Spurs.
I'm another who has slagged "lack of expenditure", but I think the confusion people are getting themselves into is that they naturally assume that equals transfer fees. Sometimes it does sometimes it doesn't, but in the reign of FSG there have been plenty of players available on free transfers who we haven't bought because we won't pay the wages. Similarly, there have been plenty of players we have bid for and haven't got (some of them were/are quite good too) because we wouldn't pay the wages. Expenditure isn't just about transfer fees, perhaps that's where wires get crossed.
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