Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool have all signed strikers this summer (already!) and there is considerable debate about whether each striker is suitable to the ambitions of the buying club.
A quick fact check, then:
Arsenal sign Eduardo Da Silva – for around 7.5m (not 16m as mentioned elsewhere) and have a record goalscorer (albeit in the Croatian league) on the books.
Arsenal fans are excited because this is an out-of-the-blue signing, classic Wenger, and because the striker is genuinely talented.
Tottenham sign Darren Bent – for 13.5m (not 16.5m) and have a striker with Premiership experience, goalscoring capabilities and a lot of ambition.
Tottenham fans are happy because they have a proven goalscorer on the books to replace Mido, and because Bent’s goals matched with a better defense could give them the ammo for a serious challenge for fourth spot.
Liverpool sign Fernando Torres – for 26.5m (they send Luis Garcia back for 3.5m though) and have a striker with considerable experience in dealing with pressure, a helluva lot of talent and potential and he’ll see shirts, too.
Liverpool fans are thrilled that they finally have the financial muscle to bring in world-class players and (this is my guess) that they’ve signed a player Manchester United were supposedly after for the last two years.
Each fan – whether they support Arsenal, Tottenham or Liverpool – will think their club has got the better deal (and will argue for it), but let’s be honest and objective. Who made the better signing?
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