Every Newcastle fan is waiting with baited breath for the Andy Carroll money to be spent. Not least to lift the doom and gloom that has developed on Tyneside following bad news over both Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan’s departure.
And now Alan Pardew is ready to begin his revolution at St. James with a much-needed restructuring of his forward line. This week, the former Southampton boss will launch a bold £8m bid for Arsenal’s Nicklas Bendtner.
The not-so-great Dane will almost certainly be leaving the Emirates this summer after failing to establish himself in the first team. Bendtner has made little impact at Arsenal. His 22 Premiership goals in four years at the club demonstrate he is not ready for the pressures and demands of being a top player at a top club.
But from Bendtner’s perspective, will he be interested in the move? Newcastle United is a fantastic club with undoubtedly the most fervent supporters in the Premiership, but will Bendtner, a known egotist and fantasist, want to retreat from the limelight to actually knuckle down and improve as a player? I doubt it.
With reported interest from Bayern Munich and Schalke and a host of other European clubs, Bendtner’s agent will be hectic were Arsenal to accept Newcastle’s offer. The Danish international sees himself as one of the best strikers in the world, so a move to one of Europe’s top clubs is surely a prerequisite for him.
But the reality of the situation is that Bendtner could do no better than moving to a smaller club, cementing his place in their line-up and beginning to regularly fulfil the vague hint of promise he has demonstrated all too infrequently.
A team like Newcastle, whose fans all share in the collective fondness for any striker who works hard and scores goals, represents an excellent opportunity for the Arsenal man. At St. James’ Park, he would still be competing in the best league in the world, he’d be given regular football, in fact you could imagine the team being built around him.
It is difficult to suggest how the bid will be received by Newcastle fans. Many fans feel as if Bendtner is not good enough to lead the line at St. James’ and the club will only be able to achieve a relatively mid-table position at best with him in the team. However, others choose to interpret it as tangible proof that owner Mike Ashley is not clinging onto the Carroll cash and will invest significantly for the good of the team.
I don’t doubt that Bendtner would do a job for Newcastle and there is no issue of Arsene Wenger letting him go. The only matter to be resolved are the Dane’s misleading pangs of ego, and the Newcastle fans apprehension at his arrival.
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