On Twitter yesterday I read that a Danish tabloid claimed that Nicklas Bendtner had been spotted in Newcastle. That wasn’t enough to base an article on, but I really did make me wonder whether I would want Nicklas Bendtner to sign for us, so it’s kind of like a “would you or would you not” but not in the perverted way.
Is he the type of player that most of us would like? I don’t really think so, I was hoping for a pacey small striker who could get between the lines of the defence and help link up the play, well that was my ideal striker, but I think I would make an exception for Bendtner.
Bendtner is a bit different, he’s a big player but he has a bit of pace about him as well. He’s good in the air and when on form he’s a good finisher. His main problem is he’s in and out of the team at Arsenal. I think if he was to sign for us he would flourish, as he’s the kind of player who needs to be loved, and he would be loved at Newcastle, if he did the business.
I’m not sure how much Arsenal would want for their Danish striker, but I imagine it’d be around to £8-12 million mark. Would I pay that for Bendtner? I probably would. He’s only 23 years old and he’s only going to improve. He’s 6 foot 5 and would prove a danger from set pieces, but would also be quick enough to run the channels, something we lack at the moment.
Bendtner has scored 58 league goals in 204 league appearances, for both Arsenal and Birmingham. He’s got a 1 in 4 ratio, which is not bad at all seen as he’s been in and out the team at Arsenal and never really been able to get a run with a familiar partner. Something which should be noted is that he scored some of them goals in the Championship, but at the age of 23 he’s not had a bad start to his career. Also a lot of his Arsenal appearances will have come as a substitute so the stats don’t paint the whole picture.
At international level Bendtner has scored 12 goals in 38 games for Denmark, which is quite a good record in my opinion bearing in mind Denmark are hardly a great footballing team and I can’t imagine the games he’s played in have been littered with chances.
Something which is bound to be going through everyone’s mind right about now is how I haven’t mentioned his “bad attitude”. He’s quite a big headed player I’m not going to lie, and he thinks the sun shines out of his own arse, but to be honest, a lot of footballers are like that. Confidence is a good thing, he may be a tad over confident, but I’d rather a striker was confident and when he missed a chance forgot about it, because he’s good enough to score another, rather than letting it play on his mind.
The obvious stumbling block for this deal is the fact that a certain Mr Ashley is unlikely to sanction the wages which Bendtner would be asking for, which is annoying because he’s sat on a massive pot of money. But if we did sign Bendtner it’d be a good deal for the club, because he’s young, and fits the mould we’re looking for, and could probably be sold for more if he starts to fire.
I would take Nicklas Bendtner, what about you lot?