Roberto Mancini has told Craig Bellamy this week that he is free to leave the Eastland’s club after the recent capture of Spanish star David Silva. The Spaniard is set to take the Welshman’s place in the City Line-up on the left flank this season, which evidently means that Bellamy will not be needed, despite the winger being one of City’s best performers last season. Mancini and Bellamy have had a rocky relationship since the Italian took charge of City in December 2009, and it looks almost certain that the 31-year-old will be looking for a new club this summer. However, it’s not all doom and gloom for Bellamy. The Welshman will be pleased to hear that a number of clubs are interested in his services this summer, so it’s simply a case of which club the winger would like to represent. Everton, Cardiff, Tottenham, Celtic and even Steve McClaren’s Wolfsburg are amongst the pack wanting to acquire Bellamy’s service this summer. So, with that being said, which club would represent the best move for Craig Bellamy?
Craig Bellamy may have shocked a few fans by admitting earlier in June this year that he is considering a shock move to Championship side Cardiff City (his home club) this summer. He has said that the move would be for sentimental reasons, but as a career move it may be a very bad one in my eyes. Credit to the player who is obviously not in the game for money and for showing his clear admiration towards his home club, but if he were to make the switch this summer to the Cardiff City Stadium, it would almost certainly mark the end of his career. Bellamy would do a great job for the Bluebirds and will no doubt be a firm fan favourite, but at this stage of his career it would not be his best option. Many fans will agree that Bellamy still has a lot to give to the Premier League and should remain in the top-flight for at least another 2 more seasons. If the winger wishes to return home, then he should do this later on his career, but not now.
Suitability Rating: 4/10 – He would be adored by the Cardiff City fans and would almost certainly get the games under his belt, but a down grade at this stage of his career would be a poor decision.
Craig Bellamy did have a loan spell with the Scottish Giants in 2005, but a permanent move for the winger this summer would not represent the player’s best move at all. Bellamy spent 6 months at Celtic Park where he made a total of 15 appearances for the club and bagged 9 goals as well, not a bad return at all. However, everybody knows that the Scottish League is not the most competitive league in the world; it’s actually quite the opposite. The City winger would do a great job for Celtic (as proven in 2005) but alternatively the player has better options on the table. Even although Celtic are considered a big club in the game, the style of football in Scotland is poor compared to the English Premier League.
Suitability Rating: 4/10 – A great club, and although he would be a starter, Bellamy does have better offers on the table this summer.
The Toffees only boast two accomplished wingers in the forms of Steven Pienaar and Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, so it’s no wonder why David Moyes is chasing Craig Bellamy this summer. Dan Gosling is being tipped to leave after failing to negotiate a new contract at the club, so to bring in Bellamy or any winger for that matter is a must for Everton. The City man would do a great job for the Merseyside club and would gel well with the current squad. However, the big issue here is would Craig Bellamy get a starting role? He might do, but this may require Moyes to make slight modifications in order for this to work. Bellamy will get games for the side, but will more than likely (in my view of course) be rotated week in week out, which may not please the winger. Another problem that faces Everton is the fact that they do not acquire any European football this year, and if this is what the Welsh winger is seeking then he’s better off finding one that does offer this. Nonetheless, he would make a great addition to Moyes’ side and would more than likely be welcomed by the Everton faithful.
Suitability Rating: 7/10 – Bellamy would suit The Toffees style of football, but with no European football (if this is what he is looking for of course) and the probability of being rotated week in week out, the Welshman may decide against a move to Goodison Park.
Football wise, Tottenham would probably be the best destination for the City winger this summer. The North London club already acquire 5 established wingers, but as well as playing on the wing; Bellamy can also be utilized as a striker. Robbie Keane is more than likely to be heading out of White Hart Lane this summer, which would evidently leave a void upfront, that’s where Bellamy would come into the plan. The Welshman would do a wonderful job for the club and would almost certainly get time on the pitch, especially if Spurs are successful in qualifying for the Champions League group stages. Bellamy would adapt well to the style of football the North London club play, and under the guidance of Harry Redknapp, the out-of-favour City winger can only get better. Bellamy will more than likely be used as a main striker, after the emergence of Gareth Bale on the left wing last season…still, many fans will feel that Bellamy can stake a claim alongside Jermain Defoe upfront this season. A definite option for the Welshman to consider this summer as the Champions League bound club look to improve year in year out and establish themselves as a top four club on a regular basis from now on.
Suitability Rating: 8/10 – A great destination for the Welshman to consider. The prospect of Champions League football this season will be alluring, but the Welsh winger will more than likely be played as a striker, which would be ok, but he may prefer a wider role.
Wolfsburg does offer something different to the Welshman that’s for sure. However, the City man has already dismissed a move abroad this summer. The tenacious wide-man is unwilling to move his family overseas (who are settled in Cardiff) and as such, will only consider offers based within the UK. Although, if he were to change his mind, Wolfsburg would be a good location for the City player to continue his career. It’s a different league and it would offer the player a new challenge altogether, but the move will more than likely not ensue anyway. Due to personal reasons and family issues the German side should just give-up in their pursuit of trying to land the winger this summer…it’s not going to happen.
Suitability Rating: 1/10 – The player does not want to move abroad, so evidently, this is by far Bellamy’s worst option.
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