Jermaine Beckford To Arsenal
The man stands tall at 6 Feet 2 inches. He has scored 20, 34 and 29 goals in last three seasons. He is young at 25. He will be available for free this summer. He has scored a winner against Manchester United in the FA Cup. These all make him a winner. And a good reason for Arsene to put on his thinking cap.
Many of us will argue that all the statistics Becks has produced are for a League 2 club and it is entirely a different ball game in Premiere League. However the potential that is needed to score when you are in the box can only be spoken by a striker's statistics. And statistics are louder than words here.
Arsenal creates a lot of chances, they need is a good finisher. A finisher who need not hit long range shots. A finisher whose one touch in the box will send the ball to the back of the net. That is what Adebayor and Anelka are good at. Has anyone ever seen Adebayor assisting in creating goal opportunities. Has anyone ever seen him taking free kicks or penalties or even throws. No. The only thing that he can do is put the ball in the back of the net when given a precise pass in the box. There are very few players who can do this consistently and their statistics speak for it. I would call it sense of scoring. People who possess intelligent passing and sense of scoring become great players like Iniesta, Lampard and Cesc. And hence they become heart of the team and play in the Mid-field. And people with great sense of scoring become good strikers like Adebayor(I do not personally like him though), Anelka and now maybe Becks.
And if we look at the current young crop of Carlos Vela and Jay Simpson they are not proved finishers. Whereas Nicklas Bendtner can actually be termed as an 'UN'finisher. A ball that is destined to go into the goal can have it's destiny changed by Nicklas Bendtner. Remember the three obvious chances he missed against Burnley. Yes he even missed one against Barca. A finisher with good sense of scoring wouldn't have wasted time in stoping the ball and then analysing where it should be hit and then shoot, by then the defender is in the front to block the shot. A good striker's first touch, his reflexes are good enough to show ball the right direction.
Beckford to Arsenal will be a win-win situation for the player and the club and a perfect entertainment for us lovely supporters.
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