There has been some speculation recently regarding the future of Eduardo at Arsenal. I thought this seems like a good time to continue with the individual player analysis series and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the Crozilian.
- Great header for his size
- Fantastic poaching instincts
- Good first touch, especially in and around the box
- Can hold the ball even though he isn’t all that big
- Low centre of gravity and can turn/beat defenders
- Superb mental strength
- Team player
- Has lost some speed
- Inconsistent shooting
- Low on confidence
- Looks rusty and lacks match practice
I think most of his weaknesses are down to that horrific tackle and subsequent series of niggling injuries. He was a real fox-in-the-box when we signed him with phenomenal instincts, great technique, and a nose for goal. The question now is can we get him back to his best?
It will be a real shame if a potentially brilliant career is destroyed by a thug like Martin Taylor who never was and never will be a football player. Anyway there is no point dwelling on it now, it’s better to think of what is best for the futures of Arsenal and Eduardo.
To my mind, the Crozilian is strong enough to bounce back but he cannot do it without a string of first team games. I’m not sure how the loan system works but I think we should really look at the option of sending him on a three month loan to another premier league side. I’ll be surprised if a team like Bolton or Wigan won’t be happy to have a man of his calibre in their squad.
There are many advantages of this. Firstly, Eduardo will get a chance to get some games under his belt and if he scores a few his confidence will return. That way, if we need him at a later stage, we will get a player who is sharper and ready for the big stage. Sharper being a the keyword, as everyone who follows Wenger’s press conferences will know!
Secondly, we will get a chance to see how he develops. I’m not sure he will get that many starts at Arsenal in the initial months unless we have a spate of injuries. It’s possible but we shouldn’t really be thinking about it. Of course, his loan move should have a recall clause.
Finally, and this one is a stretch, he might actually help his loan side pick some points over our title rivals. And I believe there can be a clause in the agreement which says he can’t play against Arsenal.
For all this to work out we need agreement on multiple fronts. First and foremost, Arsene must be open to the idea. Then Eduardo needs to be interested in going to a smaller team. We need to find a club with a playing style that can help him develop. And finally, the new regulations must be taken into account.
The last one is important because it raises some tricky questions. Do we include him in our list of 25 if we are loaning him out? Does the club that’s taking him on a short loan include him? What happens when he comes back?
I do however feel that these issues can all be taken care of if Arsene actually believes this is the right thing. It should not be too difficult to convince Eduardo to move for a small spell and it shouldn’t be that tough to find a club that can use his services. I also have a feeling that the lawyers will find the answer to the 25 player rule if they are asked to do so. In the worst case we can always loan him till January (and hope that we won’t run out of strikers by then!)
I really hope, for the sake of Eduardo and Arsenal, that we will see some proactive action and he won’t just wither away on the bench.