Today the morning’s newspapers were linking former Chelsea and Bolton forward Eidur Gudjohnsen with a return to the Premier League, with Tottenham, West Ham and Blackburn leading the chase for the experienced international. His father and agent Arnor Gudjohnsen is quoted in The Mirror saying that Eidur is “obviously seriously thinking about a return to England but he has not made any decision. It is in his hands.” So with three Premiership clubs offering Gudjohnsen a return to England, which club would Gudjohnsen jump at the chance to join and at which team would the Icelandic forward have the greatest impact?
The frontrunners for the signature of Eidur Gudjohnsen in the January transfer window appear to be Blackburn Rovers at this moment in time. The 31 year old left the Premier League for Barcelona back in 2006 and is currently contracted to Monaco until 2011 but has failed to settle in France. The Sun claims that Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce has flown to France to open negotiations on a £2 million pound deal, which would seem to be a good bit of business for the Ewood Park club. Allardyce has worked with Gudjohnsen previously during his time at Bolton and the two would be keen to renew their relationship. The acquisition of an experienced Premiership forward would be a good coup for Blackburn, and with Benni McCarthy seemingly out of favour, a striker is on Allardyce’s shopping list and Gudjohnsen would seem to fit the bill perfectly.
The fact that Tottenham are being linked with Gudjohnsen is somewhat surprising given that they are challenging at the top end of the Premier League table and have a plethora of attacking talent at their disposal. With Jermain Defoe on fire, and Peter Crouch and Robbie Keane both battling for a starting spot, I cannot see Gudjohnsen getting a look in for a first team position. Gudjohnsen still has plenty to offer a Premier League club with his vision and skill on the ball, but given that his best days are behind him, Spurs are probably better off looking at other options. However, if Roman Pavlyuchenko leaves White Hart Lane as expected, then Harry Redknapp could be looking for a cheap option as a fourth striker, and Spurs could do worse than sign Eidur Gudjohnsen.
The third team linked with the Icelandic forward are Gianfranco Zola’s West Ham. The Hammers have a talented squad full of youthful players and Gudjohnsen would bring some much-needed experience to Upton Park and would become the ideal role model for West Ham’s youngsters to learn from. With West Ham strapped for cash, Gudjohnsen represents value for money and would fit in well with the Hammers’ free-flowing style of play. The one draw back is that West Ham are in a relegation dog-fight in the Premier League and need points fast, and it would take some time for Gudjohnsen to get up to speed as the Icelandic forward hasn’t scored this season and was dropped by Monaco before Christmas. So is Gudjohnsen worth the risk for Zola?
If as reported Blackburn, Tottenham and West Ham all submit offers for Gudjohnsen, then the 31 year old will have a difficult decision to make. However, the ageing forward would be seen as a back-up player at best at Spurs and may represent too big a risk for West Ham, so the Icelandic international may only have one real option on the table. Blackburn Rovers and Eidur Gudjohnsen seem to be the perfect match, as Blackburn need striking options and Gudjohnsen needs first-team football, so will an Allardyce-Gudjohnsen reunion be on the cards in the near future?
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