Joao Carlos Teixeira’s future remains something of an uncertainty. Now 23 years of age, the player who was once tabbed to become the next Deco isn’t exactly a promising youngster any more, and though most were content to accept that a series of injuries had set back his development, at some stage soon Liverpool will have to decide if he can play a regular first team role or if it’s time to let him move on.
Rumours today of a potential loan move to Huddersfield Town in the Championship could signal that, despite a few promising cup starts and substitute league appearances, that time has come. According to the Huddersfield Examiner, new boss David Wanger—a friend to Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp—has a high opinion of the youngster, and the relationship between the two managers could help to get a short-term loan deal done.
With Teixeira’s current contract set to expire at the end of the season, a short-term loan could be the prelude to a permanent move to the Championship for Teixeira, who excelled with Brighton & Hove Albion last season but has found himself stuck back on the fringes at Liverpool this year. Meanwhile, there has been no news of a new deal being in the works for him at Liverpool, though it’s not impossible one could be offered.
Teixeira joined Liverpool in 2012 for a fee of around £800k, a gamble by Liverpool on the player being able to overcome a serious back injury and an effort by Braga to make something back on the sale of a player who had gone from one of their most promising to a very big question mark. Liverpool first became interested in him when he was the best player on the pitch against Liverpool’s youth in that season’s NextGen Series.
Since then, he has made seven first team appearances for Liverpool, including six this season. He scored his first competitive goal for the club in January against Exeter City in the FA Cup. He made 35 appearances for Brighton last season, scoring five goals and adding four assists before returning to Liverpool with hopes of becoming a first team regular.