Arsenal Transfer Scenarios: Possible Destinations for Nicklas Bendtner
When asked why he decided to sign with Juventus on loan, Nicklas said (from DR1 via International Business Times): “I felt it was time for a change, time for a new culture and a new country. After so many years in England, I felt that I needed a new start.”
Well, Bendtner probably won’t be returning to Juve this season, so let’s look at his possible transfer destinations for next season.
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Nürnberg's Hiroshi Kiyotake has been one of the standout playmakers in the Bundesliga this season.
Hiroshi has created 47 shots for his teammates, most of which haven't been converted by the starting centre forwards.
Tomas Pekhart has been doing an impression of Andy Carroll.
Sebastian Polter has potential but he's still quite raw.
This is where Nicklas Bendtner comes in at CF, because he can be the centre of attention and take advantage of Kiyotake's creativity.
The problem with Nürnberg this season is there are too many stragglers on this team—i.e. Alexander Esswein and Robert Mak in midfield.
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Montpellier are struggling without Olivier Giroud, who in turn is having a tough debut season with Arsenal.
MHSC don't have a No. 9 and have even gone to the lengths of trying winger Souleymane Camara as a centre forward.
The club have some quality midfielders in Younès Belhanda, Rémy Cabella (who was outstanding in the 2-1 loss to the Gunners), John Utaka and Marco Estrada.
Belhanda might be sold in the summer but there are enough weapons there to satisfy Nicklas Bendtner.
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Pedro León, Abdel Barrada and Diego Castro are a handy midfield trio.
Since Miku left on loan to Celtic, the Madrid-based club don't have anyone considerable up front.
Álvaro has really struggled with his finishing, missing 20 shots.
Paco Alcácer has a touch of class about him but he's only on loan from Valencia. That being said, Getafe signed Miku from Los Che—maybe that could be the same scenario with Paco.
If that doesn't eventuate, giving Nicklas Bendtner a shot is a risk worth taking.
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Feyenoord has Graziano Pellè. Vitesse has Wilfried Bony. Heerenveen has Alfred Finnbogason. Even AZ has a productive centre forward in Jozy Altidore.
Who do Ajax have?
They had Darío Cvitanich, but he ended up at Nice, and has since become one of the most efficient forwards in Europe.
Christian Eriksen has played as a false nine this season, which demonstrates the lack of CFs available to manager Frank de Boer.
Danny Hoesen is an intriguing prospect. Having stunted his development with Fulham, he's slowly rebuilding his career with Ajax.
We haven't seen enough of him to reach a definitive conclusion, but it shouldn't stop the club from pursuing someone like Nicklas Bendtner.
Ajax are a Danish-friendly club with a plethora of Danes in the squad, including Christian Eriksen, Christian Poulsen, Lasse Schöne, Lucas Andersen, Nicolai Boilesen and Viktor Fischer.
Comment below with where you think Bendtner will end up.
Obviously, due to the Dane's superiority complex, his top four destinations will be: 1) Barcelona 2) Bayern Munich 3) Real Madrid and 4) Paris Saint-Germain.
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