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Maybe all he needs is a goal?
After 45 minutes of play, I was ready to make a slide on how Nicklas Bendtner needs to shut it and play if he wants to claim a starting position.
During that first half, he looked every bit as sluggish and unprepared as he did against Catania.
Mind you, he still presented more of a danger than Alessandro Matri, but only barely. He was slow, often out of position, losing the ball left and right and generally unproductive.
In the second half, that all changed.
It actually looked like Bendtner had some kind of epiphany on the field. He suddenly started timing his runs a lot better, was able to hold on to the ball and started created chances.
He played a beautiful ball to Quagliarella, which should have been a goal, and followed it up by freeing up Isla on the wing within the same minute. He then produced a run past three opponents before he was brought down hard by a defender, who somehow got away with that.
He was lost during the final push, but that was mainly because Sebastian Giovinco and Mirko Vucinic claimed every single ball and refused to pass it once they did.
Maybe it was just a spur of the moment, or maybe Bendtner is getting better as he gets more minutes. I'm sure fans everywhere are hoping it's the latter.