Goalscoring elite climb onto Premier League scrapheap

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Who would be a back-up Premier League striker? You get tens - sometimes hundreds - of thousands of pounds to train a few days a week and then spend your weekends sat on a bench. Actually, that doesn't sound too bad.

But, for some players, a frequent spot on the subs bench is not a prospect they want to contemplate, and would prefer to be earning their millions scoring goals rather than parked on their posterior.

Unfortunately, it is nigh on impossible for a manager to accommodate all of his forwards at once so, inevitably, some players will become particularly mardy over their role in the team.

It is a situation replicated in squads up and down the divisions and across the continent, but one particularly prevalent at the elite clubs in the Premier League.

In the upper echelons of arguably the world's finest league, there is a surplus of goalscoring talent seemingly set to be chopped this summer, either at the behest at the club or owing to the player's ambitions.

A Premier League striker scrapheap has been readily positioned and it continues to grow higher with the addition of more high-profile forwards, the most prominent of which are currently housed at the Etihad Stadium.

Chief among Manchester City's surplus would appear to be Carlos Tevez, who strived desperately to secure a move away from the club last season.

The Argentine did, however, return from a partly self-imposed five-month absence in order to enhance City's bid for the Premier League title, and his goals played a significant part in ensuring the Sky Blues claimed the trophy.

Roberto Mancini has said he would happily keep Tevez for at least another season, should the 28-year-old decide he wants to stay, and perhaps he could be persuaded to continue with City.

If Tevez is perhaps skirting round the edges of the scrapheap, unwilling to fully thrust himself on top of the pile, and Edin Dzeko is up to his ankles in waste, then Emmanuel Adebayor is submerged very much in the metaphorical mire.

The Togolese hitman has no ambition to return to City, nor do the Premier League champions have any desire to keep him, and he will be among the schlock touted to potential suitors during the transfer window.

It's a sorry situation for the former Arsenal star, who joined City from the Gunners for £25 million in 2009, yet his current predicament is much down to his own doing.

Throw into City's surplus Roque Santa Cruz, who was deemed good enough to command a transfer fee of £17.5 million, and Mancini the most potent reserve squad on the planet.

Move across the city, and things are far from rosy for all of Manchester United's strikers, with Michael Owen having already been released and Dimitar Berbatov attempting to engineer an exit.

The departure of the former comes as no surprise, but the way in which the latter has slipped lackadaisically down Sir Alex Ferguson's selection order is more difficult to comprehend.

Only a year ago, Berbatov had finished the season as the Premier League's joint top goalscorer as United claimed a record 19th league triumph, and is a prime example of the type of bargain to be had this summer.

Not much further up the motorway and there are other scraps to find at Anfield, with Dirk Kuyt chief among those seemingly set to be cast out in a thorough summer cleaning process.

The 31-year-old has scored 71 goals in 276 appearances for Liverpool and, although the Dutchman is a firm favourite with the Kop, all reports would suggest Kuyt has played his final game for the Reds.

Somewhat further down both the country and the spectrum, although not vastly different in terms of club stature, the talent Arsenal are keen to shift this summer cannot compare to the rest of that available.

But, in Marouane Chamakh and Nicklas Bendtner, the Gunners have put up for sale two experienced international players and they can provide the goods if integrated into the right environment.

Chamakh's style has never really dovetailed with that of Arsenal, and his apparent lethargy has seen him cast aside, while the less said about the Moroccan's scoring record the better.

He has the ability, however, to revive his career elsewhere, although that is unlikely to be the Premier League, where he has struggled with the physical demands.

Bendtner, meanwhile, has raw talent in abundance and, if a club can harness both this and his ego, then the Denmark international can make a name for himself away from the Emirates Stadium.

Use scrapheap correctly and these unwanted players can be polished into well-oiled machines once more, and there will be no shortage of suitors for any of the aforementioned names.

This summer could see more prominent forwards re-homed than any in Premier League history, and their respective departures will prompt the influx of the next would-be goalden boys of England's elite.

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