After a year at Sunderland, Arsenal’s unwanted striker Nicklas Bendtner may be on his way back to the Emirates. He has failed to impress Martin O’Neill sufficiently to be offered a permanent move to the Stadium of Light. He has played 27 games for Sunderland in all competitions since his loan deal began in August, but his return of eight goals and his contribution in general has not earned him a contract in the North East.
Bendtner will represent his country, Denmark, in this summer’s Euro 2012 and all Gooners should pray that he catches somebody’s eye, or else Arsene Wenger will have another “deadwood” player on his hands. He seems destined to always be a striker who flatters to deceive. He has always had the potential to be great but, somehow, never actually delivers on a regular basis.
An interesting fact about the 24-year old is that he once had a test with an Arsenal psychologist in which he received an evaluation on his self confidence that was so high that it was off the scale. He was once substituted for Denmark and told reporters after the game that he could not understand why the manager had brought a “lesser player” on for him.
If Bendtner has a good tournament this summer he may find somebody who thinks as highly of him as he does himself. Fingers crossed.