If reports are to be believed, English giants Chelsea and Arsenal are set to vie for Schalke 04 striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar during the winter transfer window, as both the London clubs look to strengthen their respecting attacking force for the second half of the season.
Huntelaar has been in sublime club form over the past 15 months and with his contract running down in the next six months and the player unwilling to commit his long-term future to the club, Schalke are likely to sell the player to the highest bidder in January.
A fresh beginning beckons at the Stamford Bridge as Roberto Di Matteo has made way for Rafael Benitez for the Chelsea managerial post after a string of disappointing results over the past few weeks.
Benitez, although is likely to stick with his former Reds’ colleague Fernando Torres to spearhead the team’s attack, could make a much-needed attacking re-enforcement in the form of Huntelaar.
Although, he has shown glimpses of his old self this term, Torres has been an inconsistent personality on the pitch for Chelsea and also lacks any challenge for a first-team spot, with out-of-favour and ‘Mr. Ball Hog’ Daniel Sturridge the sole back-up striker in the team.
Huntelaar is natural goalscorer who could add a new level of attacking potency to the Blues. Although not blessed with lightning-fast pace, the 29-year-old makes up for this lost trait with his exceptional positioning, phenomenal understanding of his midfield partners and the ghostly ability to get behind the defensive wall to produce a scoring opportunity.
Thus, with a trio of Hazard, Mata and Oscar playing behind him and supplying constant ammunition, Huntelaar could produce truckloads of goals for Benitez’s troops and perhaps even elevate Torres’ displays by providing the currently-lacking competition to the Spaniard.
The Huntelaar-to-Arsenal deal sounds pretty unlikely for a simple reason.
Olivier Giroud is finally returning to his Montpellier form and if the France international continues with his current performances, Huntelaar is unlikely to see any playing time at the Emirates.
Arsenal might need an adequate reserve striker, however, it is seen that Wenger is quite reluctant to replace his front man if he showcases rich streak of scoring form. Thus, like the case of van Persie and Chamakh, Huntelaar could endure rather a disappointing career at the Gunners and spend most of his time warming the substitutes’ bench.882296