Another week’s gone by and we have a 6-3 defeat to contend with until next Monday. So let’s forget about that for a while and check what the rumour mill has to offer close to Christmas and New Years.
Arsenal have been linked with German U23 striker Kevin Volland. The 21-year-old is under contract at Hoffenheim until 2017 and has a supposed value of £10m. What is there to say about that? Let’s think about it for a while…nearly there…please not!
Volland may be in good form in recent months, scoring seven goals so far this season (16 in all competitions), but he’s not even close to what we need to strengthen our squad on a level where we want to compete over the upcoming years.
He’s 21 and obviously a talent worth looking at. But let’s be honest we have enough of those. We have enough young strikers on a good level close to making the step. We don’t need young and inexperienced players to compete with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City. And since last summer we should know how the transfer market works.
There’s nothing to say against good scouting and youth development. But £10m is far beyond what he’s worth in my opinion. And that’s calculated on a freaky transfer-price basis.
It’s no wonder he has been put on the list for possible Arsenal transfer targets this summer. Arsenal desperately need a centre-forward, a position Volland can provide. Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund are rumoured to be interested as well. But beyond that he’s not close to compete on a Premier League level making us a better team straight away. We took a gamble with Yaya Sanogo in the summer. Although he has been injured, he has yet to find his rhythm and get used to life in the Premier League. That’s fine, but not a necessary condition to have in huge numbers. So if we can get Vollland for a reasonable price, which in my opinion would be £5.8m maximum, then that’s fine for me. But these are the kind of transfers which are made in the summer when you’re looking at your squad in a whole. To sum it up: a deal is not likely and not on my wishlist this Christmas.
Finally there’s of course the “draw”. Bayern Munich it is again! There is no need to feel sorry for ourselves. We fucked up in Naples last week and it was more than obvious that we would get a top-shot opponent in the knockout phase. So let’s all calm down and forget about Munich until next February. Before then, there are a lot of games to play and a lot of points to grab. All in all I think we have a chance to go through. We are not favourites to do so but we can do it. I think there will be a lot surprises this upcoming February and we could be one of them. Munich did become better with the likes of Mario Götze joining them last summer. But we got better and more experienced as well. So bring on the Bavarians.
That’s it for me today. Enjoy your Christmas and all the footy action over the holidays.