Striker merry go-round in full swing

by Marc Sibbons

Friday, January 21st, 2011

This week has seen a flurry of transfer action with deals rebounding from club to club which started with Darren Bent’s shock switch to Aston Villa from Sunderland for an initial £18m. Since that deal, Sunderland have identified Stoke forward Ricardo Fuller as a replacement, whilst Stoke replace the outgoing Fuller with Aston Villa bench warmer John Carew on a season long loan.

But who out those three clubs will be the most satisfied from this transfer merry go round? and which player will make the biggest impact at their new club?

Let’s start off with the most talked about transfer of this window, Darren Bent to Aston Villa. This one came completely out of the blue for many football fans across the country, including that of Sunderland boss Steve Bruce. Bruce claims Villa tapped up Bent before his knowledge of any interest and doesn’t appear very happy about the way they conducted the deal. However, all is finalised and Bent makes the trip down south to the Midlands hoping to live up to a hugely inflated price tag he now carries.

Having seen Bent first hand playing at Spurs before his Sunderland stint, i have to say that i didn’t particularly rate the guy. He does have great pace, movement and determination but he couldn’t finish his dinner at Spurs to say the least. Opportunity after opportunity comes his way, and more often than not he will miss. However, you can’t knock the statistics. It is well known that since 2005 only Drogba and Rooney have marginally scored more in the premiership than Mr.Bent.

Despite my doubts about the striker, i think he will do well at Aston Villa providing they keep hold of their key wide players in Ashley Young, Steward Downing and Marc Albrighton. They will be crucial to Bent’s success as he craves first class ammunition from the flanks. He is ultimately looking to catch Fabio Capello’s eye by moving to arguably a bigger club, and this is what he may just do if he keeps that impressive goal record up.

Next up is Sunderland’s replacement for the outgoing Bent, Jamaican International Ricardo Fuller. Although the fee has not yet been announced, i can’t see it reaching over the £5m mark for the 31 year old. So all in all, Sunderland have made a massive profit from this deal, although they undoubtedly lose the better player in Bent.

Fuller is at the stage in his career where he needs to find a settled club to play out his remaining years. Whilst he has never lit up the premiership in terms of performances and ability, he is no doubt a physical presence that will wont let you have an easy day at the office if you are an opposition defender. A different player to Bent, but one that might compliment Asamoah Gyan slightly better than the England man as i found him to be too similar to Gyan in terms of playing style.

Last but not least is Stoke’s loan signing of John Carew from Aston Villa (Is your head spinning yet?) to fill in for Fuller’s imminent departure. Carew, like Fuller is not so renowned for his finishing but more so for his physical presence and the aerial threat he offers your team.

Like the other two strikers mentioned, i think Carew will also fit in nicely into his new system. Stoke play route one football more often than not and heavily rely on physical players to overcome their opposition instead of pace and technique. This will suit the giant Norwiegian perfectly as this is what the striker is all about. In form winger Matty Etherington will look to him as the new target man where his crosses will be a delight for Carew.

Overall, smiles all round if you take into consideration how perfectly the players fit into their new system and the financial aspect of the deals so keep a close eye on these three deals when you sit down to watch Match Of The Day next.

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  • athedley

    Why would we want Fuller when he purportedly has a long term knee injury. Half our team has those . What we need are some fit players turning out for Sunderland capable of putting the ball into the net.

    33 chances against Blackpool in the last game and no goals for the Lads. Begger all chances tomorrow and no one to score from any that do arise. Even Gyan is not fully fit.

  • Joshua Fowler

    I disagree with your point about Bent’s movement, I think his sheer goal tally is proof of his movement. He has a natural instinct for goals, which gets him plenty of them…whilst his finishing might stop him getting even more.

    As for Fuller, he pulls a few strikes out of the bag in big games, which is much needed, but I hardly see him as a worthy replacement. John Carew, is past it. Simple as that. West Brom look like relegation contenders, and Carew is truly the man to lead them back down.

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