“Certainly we need to improve upfront and that is the majority of the job” – Gianfranco Zola
I think Zola has done a marvelous job at West Ham and I think his decision to move for the unsettled Eidur Gudjohnsen may be a stroke of genius.
Gudjohnsen will bring a new dimension to the Hammers attack; he has a Sheringham-esque quality about him (good awareness, creative flair and technical ability that is second to none). As well as this Gudjohnsen has a CV littered with Premiership experience – which basically means he knows how to stick it in the back of the net against Bolton, or pick a pass that means another player can do the same.
Of course Zola knows exactly what Gudjohnsen is about, he pushed the man himself to the bench during Chelsea’s 2001-2002 season when he formed a deadly striking partnership was Hasselbaink which resulted in a Premiership total of 37 goals.
Zola also knows that during the Icelander’s last year at Chelsea he proved himself to be a useful play maker linking defence to attack and made the position his own during Chelsea’s push for Champions League glory in 2004. See diagram.
On another note Zola has already recruited Jimenez on loan and if he can adapt to the English game it may turn out to be a shrewd bit of business.