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“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. _41074277_che_gud_chalkboard4_416

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.


here for the footballing journey.

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  • http://www.nevercaptainnickybutt.blogspot.com Ibracadabra

    not only can he stick it into the back of the net AGAINST Bolton – he can stick it in the back of the net FOR them…

    I think Gudjohnsen is a great player. And the coolest fact about him is that he once came on as a sub for his own father in an Iceland match.

  • Shaw

    Very true, hard to imagine him starting his life at Bolton, to me growing up he was true blue.

    Pretty cool fact, and I just read that this is the only occurrence of this.

    His father must be proud.

  • http://www.youreglad.blogspot.com Matt Pottinger

    A problem with Gudjohnsen though is that at Barca he was playing too deep in Midfield and I think he’s lost his goal-scoring touch a bit. He gets a little Michael Oweny when he gets a chance on goal now, knowing he should have the quality to score but never quite managing it.

    Having said that he’ll go and get 15+ goals now to prove me wrong. Also I suppose his lack of pace but great height and strength will be invaluable in the Prem. Set pieces and crosses Zola, I wonder if they could get Beckham in Jan haha?