It’s not the first time Newcastle have been linked with 26 year-old Nicklas Bendtner, the Arsenal striker, and certainly he is an experienced Premier League player, who has played for both Arsenal, and on loan at Sunderland in England’s top league.
Nicklas Bendtner – free agent – lots of experience
We were not too happy to see Bendtner linked with Newcastle again yesterday, but the way the club thinks these days, it’s not difficult to see why he would look like a good buy for the club.
Here are some of the reasons for that:
- Newcastle need to bring in three strikers this summer, and Nicklas could be a back up – at worst
- Nicklas is experienced and is a decent header of the ball, something we haven’t got in the side at the moment
- Bendtner is available as a free agent, so he’s fairly cheap, and Newcastle will offer him a reduced wage to join the club
- He has Premier League experience already, and with regular games he could (even) recapture some of his early Arsenal form
- Nicklas scored 11 goals on loan at Sunderland and was their top scorer in 2011-2012
- He’s still only 26 and therefore fits the profile of younger players Newcastle go after
- Nicklas could even be thought of as a direct replacement for Shola Ameobi – a big player up front who could simply be a back-up striker at the club
- He has massive experience playing in European competition, maybe the next step for Newcastle?
It’s a massive job to try to replace French International Loic Remy – who has apparently agreed terms with Arsenal – and could end up at the Emirates in the summer.
And add to that the fact we will lose Shola Ameobi and Luuk de Jong, then we need to bring in three good strikers to replace the ones who are leaving.
None of the top six clubs in England will be interested in Bendtner, because the Arsenal striker is simply not good enough for them,.
But in the very limited way Newcastle think these days – and with money being a big thing for Newcastle in terms of transfer fees and wages – even though we have plenty of money to spend – we can see why the powers that be would think Bendtner would be a good buy.
We don’t agree with that – but it shows the limited way in which Newcastle United operate these days.
Nicklas is not unlike Aston Villa striker Darren Bent – he’s an experienced striker who is past his best and available at decent money – and he’s four years younger than the Aston Villa striker.
What do you think?