I’m no huge fan of Nicklas Bendtner, never have been and possibly never will be. Just like many footballers these days, he tells the world and its friend how good he is, but has he really made the step up the way many thought he would or hoped he would?
Nikki came to us in 2005, went out on loan, then in 2007 after signing a new five-year contract he declined the opportunity go out on loan again, preferring to strut his stuff for the team he signed for..
2007/08 (from wikki)
40 Appearances = 9 Goals, 4 Assists
50 Appearances = 15 Goals, 4 Assists
31 Appearances = 12 Goals, 7 Assists
Not that stats of a prolific centre forward really are they? Yes, I know this last season Nikki has been played on the right in a front three formation but it doesn’t mean he has to stay there does it? What happened to common sense, cutting in getting goals? Theo Walcott gets lambasted for not doing that, why does Nikki not?
Even Martin Keown believes he needs to buck up… He had this to say about our not so Great Dane
I think we’re getting more to the stage now where we want to see that talent coming through.
Like Bendtner, for instance – I think he needs to become more aggressive and more dominant and it’s time for him to wake up and realise that his career could pass him by if he doesn’t start doing it on the pitch.
He’s got to start bullying central defenders and realise that there’s no time to lose. That kind of attitude has to come in from some of those players.
Neither Robin van Persie or Nicklas Bendtner seem to be able to score 20 plus goals a season, neither can they stay fit for a whole season either – they have so much in common 😉
Right now it seems that having missed a chunk of last season,they are both going to miss the start of the new season too. Robin will need a rest after being crowned World Cup winner hopefully but Nikki is crocked!
In an interview he is quoted as saying:
I still feel quite bad in my groin. Sadly it hasn’t been better during my holiday, like I expected it to giving it nothing but rest.
And that worries me a lot. I had hoped and counted on that a total break from football and training would heal the injury but it hasn’t happened.
I have spoken to Arsenal throughout the holiday and I am having a big scan when I return this week.
My whole body must be scanned to find out where the groin problem really comes from.
I still feel pain and it is very frustrating. I don’t know where I am in relation to playing football.
Forgive me but if this is true, why is he waiting to return to Arsenal before having a scan, why has this scan not already been done? It’s not like he’s having to wait for an NHS Appointment is it? 😉
Didn’t he pick up this groin injury in October last year and had an operation the following month?
Why did he go to South Africa IF he knew he was not 100% fit??
More concerning, could this be the beginning of a new injury prone and fragile player, who every season suffers some kind of set back?
Is Nikki Bendtner really that good? Good enough to keep and risk wasting wages on what could very well be another ‘part-time player??
Surely we can’t accommodate him and Robin van Persie. Just imagine if they are both out for half a season, the same half!
I hope Chamakh is ready to hit the ground running as right now he looks like the only striker we will have fit and ready to start the new season. Still, maybe it’s time for Carlos Vela and Theo Walcott to step up and seize their chance….