Football FanCast guest columnist Luke Riley cannot understand what the fuss is with regards to Marouane Chamakh.
If there was an award for the most overrated and most sought after player of the past 12 months then Marouane Chamakh would win it hands down. Quite what the fuss is about the Bordeaux striker, I will never know, and anyone who has seen him play, like I have on numerous occasions, will know there is not much substance to him and certainly no justification as to why he warrants the attention and interest that he does from the Premier League clubs that have been touted.
I think you can count on the one hand the amount of clubs that haven’t been linked to the Bordeaux striker, with Arsenal, West Ham and Sunderland reportedly the most interested. All clubs quoted their admiration of a striker, who is an extremely poor Teddy Sheringham at best, and why Arsene Wenger has since ruled out a January move, you do sense that one of the other two will perhaps reaffirm their interest in Chamakh when the window opens.
Chamakh has come out once again and reiterated his desire to move to the Premier League, claiming that perhaps a move will be beneficial for Bordeaux, so they are in a position to get some sort of fee as he will be available on a Bosman free at the end of the season. While it will be seen as an admirable gesture on behalf of the striker as it could jeopardise potential riches in the summer, it is clear that Chamakh is desperate to move to England and prove himself in what is a far superior League technically and a lot quicker to the one he faces in Ligue 1. In my view he will be out of his depth in the Premier League, but I guess time will tell.