Nicklas Bendtner does have his critics, and plenty of them, but his inevitable and prolonged departure from Arsenal will interest a few clubs.
And a few of these will be English teams looking for a big striker with decent technique, at a cut-price.
Arsenal’s misfit will be available on a free transfer in June. So how’s his form been?
Denmark’s main striker started 2014 decently as he gave Arsenal a late lead against Cardiff on New Year’s Day.
Unfortunately, this rare pleasing feat was damaging for Bendtner. He sprained his ankle when finishing from close range and was out for three weeks.
This summed up a difficult few years at Arsenal, where he had loan spells at Sunderland (2011/12) and Juventus last season.
Lee Cattermole was Bendtner’s partner in crime, no, not for on-field performances, but for allegedly vandalising cars near St. James’ Park.
Although the pair were cleared of any wrongdoing, Arsenal’s academy graduate returned to North London unwanted by his parent club and consequently joined Juventus on a season-long loan.
Again, the former Birmingham loanee made the headline for the wrong reasons as he was found guilty of drink driving in his home country.
The Gunners forward was banned from driving for three years and the Italian giants were unimpressed further by his failure to score and prove his fitness.
So with disciplinary and footballing problems, should anyone take a risk in signing Bendtner?
Firstly, he has to demand a smaller salary, as his £52,000-a-week at Arsenal will not attract any successful contract talks.
Bendtner must also show a greater work-rate as he has not produced enough quality to warrant strutting around like a world-beater.
And finally, the 26-year-old must be willing to join a ‘smaller’ club unless he wants to earn huge sums in the UAE Pro-League like Asamoah Gyan, another former Sunderland striker.
Clubs such as Norwich and Crystal Palace have averaged under a goal-a-game and require better finishers who have played at the highest level.
Bendtner does have a Champions League hat-trick to his name, as Arsenal overturned a 2-1 deficit against Porto to progress to the last eight in 2010.
Unfortunately for the Dane, Karim Benzema and Lionel Messi seem better options at Real Madrid and Barcelona. But if Julien Faubert can play alongside Sergio Ramos, then perhaps Bendtner should continue hoping.
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