Date:Saturday June 23 2007
Could Thierry Henry`s shock move from Arsenal to Barcelona be a blessing in disguise for Manchester United?
Now, the transfer of Henry (not to mention the fee) came as a huge surprise to me, but I cant help feeling that this transfer could affect us too, and could see our apparent interest in Barcelona striker, Eidur Gudjohnson, increase somewhat.
Currently Eidur is finding his chances in the squad minimal, as he battles for places with Ronaldinho, Eto`o, Messi and Saviola, but with the addition of Thierry Henry, who will be certain to be in the first team, Gudjohnson will find his chances even fewer and far between.
In recent weeks, Gudjohnson`s father, Arnor has stated his sons desire to stay with the Catalan giants, however, Gudjohnson has recently countered this by stating that he would not oppose a move back to the premiership, listing Manchester United as one club that may tempt him. So could Henry`s arrival, mean an exit for Gudjohnson, and if so, who to?
Now, for now it is all swings and roundabouts, but if we did manage to land Gudjohnson, what exactly would he bring to our squad, which is already outstanding in attack.
Well, for starters, he has that killer touch, which we have missed since the loss of Van Nistelrooy, and though some will argue that we were top scorers last season in both the Premiership and the Champions League, other than Saha and Solskjear (who are both injury prone) we have no one to really to tap in the goals, and though he hasn`t exactly been prolific at Barcelona, his scoring record with Chelsea was impressive.
Secondly, I believe that the signing of Gudjohnson (or a similar type player) would bring on the game of some of our flair players, such as Ronaldo, Rooney, Giggs, Nani and Anderson, who will be able to do all the hard work, and cross in the ball knowing there will be a player there to tap it in.
Thirdly, Gudjohnson is known for his versatility, and though we are far from short in the midfield area, it would be reassuring to know that Gudjohnson would be able to perform that task effectively, when injury and suspension inevitably start to kick in.
However, possibly the most valuable thing to us that Gudjohnson could bring to us is experience, and in particular in the Premiership where he has already proven himself in what many believe to be the best league in the world.
However, for now it is just rumours and opinions, and until there is any official signal of intend on both our or Barcelona`s behalf, we will continue to speculate. But what is certain, is that if we do manage to sign Gudjohnson, we will be singing exactly the type of player we need, with the experience and knowhow to be an instant hit.
P.S - To see the look on all of those Chelsea faces if they saw him in the red of United would be a picture to savour!
Date:Saturday June 23 2007
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