Bendtner criticized despite finding form
By Randy Osae
Former Arsenal striker John Hartson insists that Nicklas Bendtner lacks the quality to excel at Arsenal despite the Dane showing gleeful glimpses of his talent with a brace against West Brom in midweek.
He has also been a diverse feature among Arsenal fans this season, and Hartson’s criticism comes as little surprise, but the pundit could be wide off with his perception.
“I do like Nicklas Bendtner but I just feel that he is short of top, top notch quality,” Hartson told setanta.com.
“When you look at the top four teams; Manchester United have Rooney and Berbatov, Liverpool have Torres, Chelsea have Anelka and Drogba. And I’m just not sure with Bendtner whether he comes into that category of top class.
“Adebayor comes into the category of the other players, he is top quality. When you have got Barcelona with £25 million on the table that tells you about Adebayor. I don’t think you can compare the two. I don’t think that Bendtner is in Adebayor’s league.
“I look at his strengths and weaknesses. He has got a nice touch, I don’t think he has got real pace, I don’t think he scores enough goals. If you look at his goals record he has not got anywhere near enough goals. His goal ratio is actually very poor.
“But don’t get me wrong, I think he is a very good player, I still think the jury is out on him because he is still very young. Obviously Arsene Wenger sees something in him and it is not for me to question him as a judge as he has a great record, even though he sold me 12 years ago!
“Wenger obviously sees something in him so maybe give him a bit more time, but when you are at Arsenal you don’t get the time. You should be winning trophies, you know?”
Hartson also cited Bendtner’s “cocky” nature at the club, but argues whether the player deserves to even act that way.
Indeed, he claims Bendtner should be hot-heated only if he can emulate the likes of Thierry Henry and Ian Wright.
“It is okay to be confident and cocky but you have to back that up,” Hartson continued.
“You look at somebody like [Thierry] Henry. I wouldn’t say he had a chip on his shoulder but he had that blasé thing about him. He scored every week, he scored in Europe, he scored against Manchester United, he scored in the big games.
“That’s okay to be cocky, but they see his cockiness and they don’t see his performances.
“Arsenal fans have been spoilt by Henry in recent years, Wright and Bergkamp, Alan Smith and Kevin Campbell and Malcolm McDonald before that if you are going back that far.
“Arsenal have been spoilt with really quality strikers, it is a wonderful club and they should be in and around the silverware every year. “
This critic of the obviously promising Bendtner proved some points, but do you agree?