Writer: Jasper's Parrot
Date:Saturday November 10 2007
Boss Steve Bruce would love Arsenal's Nicklas Bendtner to return to Birmingham in January - but doubts the Danish international striker would be available.
The 19-year-old, who impressed while spending last season on-loan with the Blues, has been rumoured to be a January loan target following speculation he wasn't happy with his lack of action for the Arsenal first-team.
However, while Bruce admitted he believes his team's attack is not as strong as last season due to Bendtner's absence, he confessed he doubts Arsene Wenger would allow his player to go back out on loan.
Bruce was quoted by skysports.com as saying: "If you look at us compared to last season then, for me, in a crucial area of the pitch up front, we are not as good as we were last year in the Championship because we are without Nicklas Bendtner
"Strengthening in that area remains a priority and I've got to try and identify some people, that's for sure. But I really don't think there is any chance of us getting Bendtner back on loan. I really don't think there is any chance of that happening.
"I don't think that they would let him out for a start and there has been no conversation with Mr Wenger. It would be on my wish list but it is not going to happen."
At least the boss admits there is an attacking weakness and hopefully that will translate into some signings in January. While Bendtner may not be available, there are still many loan options out there if that is the route Bruce wants to take.
Though it cannot be denied the Arsenal kid was a top-notch player last season and did enough to show he should be a force to be reckoned with at the highest level in the very near future. And perhaps there is a chance Wenger will decide to sell him.
Sunderland managed to sign teenage star striker Anthony Stokes from Arsenal even though he was very highly rated, so perhaps Steve Bruce is wrong and Bendtner will be allowed back out on loan - if that is beneficial for both the player and his employer.
Date:Saturday November 10 2007
Birmingham Triumph In Senior Cup (Thursday October 30 2014)
Nod of Approval from Jackett (Thursday October 30 2014)
Burton Expected Exist of Manager (Thursday October 30 2014)
Rowet on Rolling Deal (Thursday October 30 2014)
Davis Wants Three Points for Birmingham (Thursday October 30 2014)
Blues Players React to Training Change (Wednesday October 29 2014)
Rowett Anything BUT Concerned (Wednesday October 29 2014)
Arthur Indebted To Lee Clark (Wednesday October 29 2014)
Birmingham Supporters Turn to Football League (Wednesday October 29 2014)
Clark Linked With Blackpool (Wednesday October 29 2014)
|18. Leeds Utd||14||4||4||6||-4||16|
|Wilson: England call would be career highlight
» Bournemouth : 30/10/2014 15:06:00
|Akpan enjoying midfield partnership
» Reading : 30/10/2014 14:30:00
|Meet the Ref: Ipswich Town
» Blackpool : 30/10/2014 13:18:00
|Head to Head: Ipswich
» Blackpool : 30/10/2014 13:06:00
|Blackpool announce Clark
» Blackpool : 30/10/2014 12:56:00