Writer: Nick Simmonett
Date:Friday June 22 2007
I'm not going to sit here and say: 'Henry is going to Barcelona, so we need to replace him with this player and that player. This is real life, not football manager.
I don't buy into all this 'who will REPLACE Henry,' it's pointless, no one can replace him. We can get players to help lessen the blow of losing him.
So, with it being a slow news day with little other than rumours going around, I thought I'd let my mind drift a bit...
Would Eto'o 'replace' Henry? No, he can get the goals, be he wouldn't be involved in the build up anywhere near as much as Henry.
Torres? There would be no way of knowing until he plays at Arsenal. He seems to have a bit of everything, so possibly, but he has not yet fulfilled the potential he was seen to have.
Adriano? Well there's is no doubting that he is a fantastic player on his day, but he has had his fair share of problems. He was seen as the next great Brazilian a few years back, but like Torres, he hasn't fulfilled the potential seen in him as a youngster. He has had problems with his weight, consistency and the size of his ego far exceeds his ability. That said, he is still a fantastic player and he has all the ingredients required to be successful in the Premiership.
Trezeguet played with Henry at Monaco and was seen as the better of the two for a long time. He has averaged about 20 goals a season in Serie A. Over the past couple of season he has not been the same player. Wether he's lost the firs in his belly, suffering from burn-out or just got rubbish is beyond me. I don't think he could replace Henry. He is a different type of player, more of a poacher than Henry.
Bent: In a word, NO.
Benni McCarthy is a very interesting player. He's the same age as Henry, and although he is no Henry, he is a fantastic player. He cost Blackburn less than Ł2Million last summer and managed 24 goals in 47 starts. A very impressive goal return for any striker, but an incredible return when you consider it was his first season in England, and he was playing at a club that hasn't even made it into a UEFA Cup place. He could probably cost around 5 times what Blackburn paid for him, but he is proven in the Premiership and in the Champions League.
Robinho: As with Torres and Adriano, this lad hasn't yet fulfilled the potential people in the footballing world saw in him during his time with Santos. He has 7 goals in 23 starts for Real Madrid this season, although he has played the majority of the season on the wing. He would need to eat plenty of greens if he was to move to Arsenal, his slight frame would suffer the same fate as that of Jose Reyes if he was to play at his current size. He has plenty of tricks up his sleeve and pace. He sometimes panics in front of goal, but I'm sure a bit of Wenger's magic and hard work could iron that out.
Diego Millito is a player Arsenal have been linked with recently. I'll be honest, I don't really know much about him. However, I do know he is a talented forward, his 23 La Liga goals season just past support that.
Freddie Kanoute has been in fine form for Sevilla this season...No I don't think so either. ;-)
Then there's the Dutch duo.
Ryan Babel has long been linked with Arsenal, and there's no doubting his potential, but I think it's inconceivable to think that he could chip in the 20 + goals a season that Henry does (yet).
And of course, Klass Jan Huntelaar. A player likened to Rudd Van Nistlerooy. He has a fantastic finish on him, he gets into those positions that many Arsenal players do not, sadly he is severely lacking in pace. Of course, pace is not essential to become a success in England, just look at Dennis Bergkamp.
That's just a few thoughts, do you have any?
N.B. This started as a post of the forum, hence the slightly chaotic nature of it.
Date:Friday June 22 2007
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