There’s been a mixed reaction to the signing of Eduardo da Silva.
Some say he’s the perfect fit for the side, a natural goalscorer who lives and breathes goals, spectacular and untidy – I hesitate to say ‘fox in the box’, but that sort of player: the end product guy.
Bets are already being taken on a number of things – how high up the goalscoring charts he will be next season, whether he’ll score more than Torres and Bent, etc.
Some say he is unproven, having come from a weak league, and that his signing shows a lack of ambition from Wenger.
To the former, I’d say hang on – many players struggle in the first season, even Henry couldn’t hit a barn door until Christmas of his first season, when he suddenly came alive, and anyway he isn’t Henry’s direct replacement, just perhaps the spearhead to a new attacking lineup.
To the latter, I’d say give the boy a chance. You can only score against who you play, and in that he has done spectacularly well for club and country.
How successful he is may depend on how much he plays, whether he, Adebayor, and RVP are used as a three-pronged attack, or rotated. But I’d take the bet on him scoring more than Bent any day.
But one thing should be made clear – he is almost definitely the only striker we will sign this summer. Some believe that we still need a further one, but I disagree. We’ve lost a first team striker in Henry, and gained one in da Silva. We’ve lost a reserve striker in Aliadiere, and gained one in Bendtner.
With Adebayor, RVP, da Silva, and Bendtner vying for first team places, I can see Wenger feeling that bringing in another name would only stunt their growth. Be aware that da Silva, at 24, is the eldest of that set. Walcott can fill in as the fifth striker when required.
Wenger does not go out and spend lavish sums on established players, he creates them. And this is how he can sign players for still not inconsiderable sums (10m for Henry), get eight of the very best years of his career out of him, and still sell him for a profit at the end. He’s done the same in the past, he will do so again. You don’t need his economics degree to see the sense in that.
And right now, signing the big name striker so many seem to demand would throw the balance out – the promise held by five strikers already at the club would be held back, and with it their clear and apparent hunger.
Think about it – many of us feel that Van Persie has a big season ahead of him. He relishes responsibility, he stepped up at the World Cup and will do so for us. Let him be the main main. Adebayor has grown in stature and confidence, why dent that by signing someone ahead of him? The list goes on.
The fact is we have five young, hungry, talented strikers. Every interview you see with them you can see their desire to succeed and force themselves in to the side, to perform for Arsenal.
Now try to convince me that we should sign a big name to push them all backwards.