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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Dzeko, Villa or Benzema??

It's inevitable at this time of year, moving into the transfer silly season, that the biggest club in the world will be linked to any number of high profile transfers. Given that Sir Alex has declared that he thinks the squad needs only one or two minor tweaks rather than a mass overhaul, a diagnosis I agree with, I've been thinking about our depth up front, as well as certain aspects of our forward line.

Given my opinion of Dimitar Berbatov is well known, for the sake of my pondering, I'm going to assume he has been shipped out during this forthcoming window freeing up a spot in the group of strikers at the club.

Wolfsburg's Edin Dzeko has been linked with any number of high profile European clubs, including United, and with good reason. He, partnered with surprise packet Brazilian Grafite produced Europe's most deadly strike force last season for shock German champions Wolfsburg. I'd love to see Mr Dzeko come to Old Trafford, as I think he'd be a perfect foil for the club's almighty talisman Wayne Rooney. Dzeko's proven ability at both holding up the ball and creating danger for opposition goal keepers combines two of the most highly sorted characteristics of any striker.

I think the addition of Dzeko into a 4-4-2 formation would create a stable, steady structured United with the ability to attack both from the flanks, in the form of Nani/Park/Valencia and deeper through the centre of the park with players like Giggs/Carrick/Scholes finding through balls to a slightly deeper Dzeko or higher up to a penalty box hunting Rooney.

Should we not go for Dzeko, I think it'd be worth buying someone like David Villa, although his priced tag of around 40m could be a stumbling block. Villa is a more central, more rigid, more traditional striker who causes genuine threat by purely being in and around the box and would free up Rooney to move more around the park and use his devastating presence on more blades of grass and more opposition defenders.

Finally, Fergie's admiration of a certain frenchman hasn't been well hidden, even after Karim Benzema's move to Real Madrid. I personally can't see what the addition of Benzema would provide to the club, but I'm not one to question Mr Ferguson very often so we'll leave it at that.

Finally, given Michael Owen's injury prone state, Macheda and Wellbeck's relative inexperience and a lack of anymore genuine forwards with Premier League experience, would it be worth Fergie also adding a more surprising addition to the squad, purely to provide another option and at worst an extra body in the squad?? Not sure who this might be, but would like to hear your thoughts readers, Good luck and Enjoy the run into the title, it's going to be a very close finish.


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