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If there is one thing I am not worried about with AW it is his ability to judge if he could manage Anelka.
Now whether he wants him or not only he knows. I for one would be happy if he came (keeping the above in mind)bacause that would mean we got a proven striker who knows the EPL.
It is still my view that we lost a proven striker in Henry at EPL level and that Da Silva did not fill that gap. He was also needed but in addition to not as a subsitute and Bendtner is unproven at the highest level.
what you say about Bendtner and Da Silva being unproven is true - and you could also make a similar case regarding Walcott, Adebeyor, and even, at a push, Van Persie. None of them have shone at the highest level - winning titles, trophies, and all that. Against that, you could ask - how well did TH actually do against the really big teams.....
Okay he was inevitably well marshalled in the big ties, but apart from his goal against Real in the 2006 semi final, he didn't shine - and he certainly didn't deserve his superstar billing with France at the World Cup or Euro Ch'ships.
If Walcott can repeat the form he appears to have shown in the game in Austria earlier he will hopefully give AW the proverbial 'selection headache' at the start of the new campaign, and we won't need another forward.
However....... with Adebeyor set to be away in January, and Van Persie likely to pick up at least one suspension and an injury or two during the season, we will need some cover for the (unproven) Da Silva and Bendtner.