Posted on Friday, 21st December 2012 by Taaza
The goal burden this season needed to be split with the departure of Robin van Persie to Manchester United in the summer, with Olivier Giroud, Lukas Podolski, Theo Walcott and Gervinho sharing it and so far getting us the goods.
But when we need someone to come off the bench and grab us a few more goals, we look and see very little. To help change our fortunes, a new striker being brought in next month could help us in this department, especially when a few of our stars go through a drought.
Any one of the three strikers I have listed in this piece could certainly do the job for us:
Season stats so far: 9 goals in 23 appearances
There has been a lot of talk going around about him. Yes, he’s a little old and a bit off the pace, but my word does he know where the goal is.
The Holland international is rumoured to be available for as little as £6 million and is reportedly keen on joining us this winter, with his contract with Schalke set to expire in the summer.
His movement off the ball is superb and his tactical awareness is just as good. He has an excellent reading of the game and is an experienced, prolific forward – an out-and-out striker, something we crave.
His wages may be a key factor to this deal actually transpiring. However, I’m sure we have enough cash in the vault to sign him if we really want to next month. Although recent reports claim he is nearing a new deal at Schalke. Just have to wait and see I guess.
2. Loic Remy
Season stats so far: 3 goals in 22 appearances
I’m a big admirer of this French striker, who has been described by his manager Didier Deschamps as ‘a young international who is fast and powerful with huge potential.’
He has scored 39 goals in the 95 appearances he’s made for Marseille in all competitions since joining them in 2010 from Nice.
Although he could do with a bit of development, he’s got the pace, speed and technical ability to succeed.
Reports suggest he has a £10 million price-tag, which is a nice fee for the likes of Arsene Wenger, and he could do well under the tutelage of Le Boss. Plus, there aren’t a lot of teams interested in the France international, so he should be easy to snap up.
Season stats so far: N/A
Of the three on this list, I see the Italian as the most likely to acquire and my favourite option.
Rossi could bring a lot to the table, if we manage to sign him. He is known for his overall attacking style of play and has often been compared to another Italian great in Alessandro Del Piero. He is technically very gifted and has the ability to score goals. His link-up play is excellent and he would have no trouble settling in to our side.
Though he often drops deep and likes to be involved in the build-up of play, Rossi plays the #9 role brilliantly and his versatility allows him to play in a number of roles if need be – on the wing, as a support striker, lone-striker and in the attacking midfield role interchangeably.
Considering the fact that he plays in the Spanish Segunda Division with Villarreal, a move to the Premier League, where he has played in the past with Manchester United, would no doubt make him consider the switch.
He may have been relegated with the Yellow Submarine last season, but his quality cannot, or better yet, shouldn’t be overlooked.
He is currently out with an injury he sustained back in April and is expected to be back next month. He is tied down to Villarreal until to 2016, but I’m sure if we table an offer the Spanish club can’t refuse we could acquire him.
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Tags: Alessandro Del Piero, Arsene Wenger, Didier Deschamps, Gervinho, Giuseppe Rossi, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Loic Remy, Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud, Robin Van Persie, Theo Walcott
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