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Bruce doubts Bendtner Blues return

Bruce doubts Bendtner Blues return

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 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.

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Writer:Jasper's Parrot
Date:Saturday November 10 2007
Time: 4:44PM


Would welcome him back, of course, but who knows what the future holds - we might buy him :-D
St Andrews Blue
10/11/2007 17:09:00
No offence to you boys & Bendtner may well have enjoyed his season at Birmingham, but you will never be able to sign him. Firstly his agent/father has stated he won't go out on loan again, if he goes it will be a permanent deal & secondly clubs like Inter Milan are after Bendtner, so he wouldn't join Birmingham.
Ashburton Gooner
10/11/2007 19:48:00
Going on our usual luck, he'll get injured, be 10 per cent of the player he was and then we'll sign him...!
St Andrews Blue
10/11/2007 19:57:00
lol, your luck is similar to ours then St Andrews Blue. He is a very good player
12/11/2007 09:58:00
Got over the result from yesterday and yet remembered you needed a striker guys?
12/11/2007 15:31:00
You should train up some local lads like Luke Moore and Gabby
12/11/2007 15:32:00
Dont think he's nothing special. Like supermansfoot says get some young ones brought through and give thema chance.
will it ever happen
13/11/2007 12:14:00
This website's almost as quiet as your ground.
13/11/2007 13:59:00
it'd depend how much you offer the Gooners?
17/11/2007 21:21:00
He will probably now take him to Wigan if he gets the managers job.
18/11/2007 11:47:00
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