Rumours of Benzema joining seem to be growing by the day and whilst I am sceptical of how valid all of this may be, I’m quite excited by the prospect.
I have to say that there’s not a single striker in Europe more suitable to our needs right now than Benzema. This doesn’t mean he’s the best CF in Europe but he’s a higher requirement than any other player out there, I include Suarez, Ibrahimovic and Aguero and I’ll explain why.
Despite being in the top 5 CF’s in the world he’s certainly behind the 3 aforementioned and in my opinion he lies at 4th best in Europe. As amazing as those other CF’s would be for us they’d also take a bit away from our game too because they’re all individualistic. It might be a tad harsh on Suarez as he’s a good team player but Benzema is a lot more selfless.
Whether we like it or not a lack of selfishness is instilled into our game and is very important to not deter too far away from this. Alexis Sanchez currently holds the spot for our ‘ball-hogger’ and rightly so as he’s our star attacker and works as hard as anyone. Having more than 1 greedy star player could unbalance things. Benzema’s style of play could still allow Alexis Sanchez to remain our star man whilst also taking the load off his shoulders.
Other more realistic players that have been linked and some supporters seem open to bringing in are Lacazette and Aubameyang mainly because of their speed but that makes very little sense seeing as we have Walcott who’s also a limited speed merchant (not a criticism) but at least proven in the Premier League.
These types of players will take away from Wilshere, Ramsey, Rosicky & Walcott’s use in the side. All these players like to play off the front man and brought into play in dangerous areas around the penalty box. This is something Giroud does well but his lack of directness and individual ability hinders us when things get tight.
Right now it’s about finding that bit in between and that’s exactly where Karim Benzema lies. His combination play is excellent, even better than Giroud’s (Ronaldo will be the first to confirm this), he has spontaneous ability where he can produce the spectacular out of nothing and he can run in behind at will…. PERFECT!
He’s a very complete player and his attributes caters to all Ozil, Cazorla, Walcott, Ramsey, Wilshere, Rosicky etc…
Continuity is important for what we’ve built in the last couple of years so bringing in a similar but a much more superior player to Olivier Giroud with other greater attributes he can add I think he’ll slot in nicely especially with his good friend Oil here and our existing French contingent.
I hope you now understand why, in my view he is the final piece to the jigsaw and hopefully agree that he should be no. 1 priority for us in what’s left of this window. He’ll elevate us to a greater level I have absolutely no doubts about that.