I will be blunt. I’m not a big fan of Nicklas Bendtner. I think he’s over-rated, and as not many people rate him that highly that is saying something. A lot of this has to do with his attitude and how he feels he is entitled to now be in the Arsenal starting line-up despite never scoring consistently, or maintaining a patch of form for any amount of time, and only very rarely in his career thus far putting in decent performances. To be fair to him you do need a lot of self confidence to make it at the top in the football industry, but he seems to have crossed that line over to arrogance and is just an annoying little pr*ck really. So perhaps being shipped out on loan to West Ham will be just the thing to take him down a peg or two, whilst giving him sufficient game time to develop and see if there actually is a talented player somewhere there after all who can score goals with some degree of consistency.
I still doubt that Bendtner will ever be good enough to be the main striker at a club like Arsenal. And although still young, he just turned 23 this month; I’ve seen enough of him to conclude he will never be a world beater. He could still prove to be a useful squad player with the Gunners as he can offer a different dimension to Robin Van Persie. But the success of new signing Marouane Chamack has pushed Bendtner further down the pecking order. And with the Moroccan displaying all the attributes an in form Bendtner offers but with a greater degree of quality it is hard to see him forcing his way into the side, apart from the odd cup game such as last night’s victory over Leeds.
A move to West Ham offers Bendtner the chance to be consistently in the first team and even become the focal point of the team’s attack. A position he should relish and a chance to prove his critics, like myself, wrong. Although not convinced he would ideally want to go to West Ham, believing he is good enough for Arsenal, it is exactly the kind of club he should be looking at to reinvigorate his career that has stalled somewhat over the last couple of seasons. At a club like West Ham, Bendtner would be given greater opportunities and would be able to show if he has the ability to perform and score consistently at any level. And maybe earn himself a move to a team higher up the table than the Hammers, but in all likelihood not back to Arsenal as he just doesn’t have the talent.