I have said it a number of times this season; Paris Saint-Germain need another striker! That may sound obscene considering we have Edinson Cavani (a €60m player) and the main man himself, Zlatan Ibrahimovic but there have been instances this term where we could have done with another. For all that time wasted back in the summer on pursuing Angel di Maria, we should have addressed the possibility of recruiting someone who could put the ball in the net. One man’s name has been predominant in the news of late. One of the greatest strikers of his generation who announced the end of his adventure in America’s Major League Soccer. Thierry Henry, how do you fancy finishing your career at the Parc des Princes?
Arsenal fans will lambast me for saying that. The man is adored on the red side of North London and there is absolutely no doubt he will end up there in some capacity. He has said in the last few days that it is his “wish” to return to the club where he evolved from a left-sided winger into Europe’s most complete striker. But, in terms of returning as a player, that looks mightily doubtful.
That is where Les Parisiens come in. Having two strikers, whether it is Ibra or Cavani, is not enough. I look back to the 0-0 draw with Evian earlier in the season. It was drab, mediocre. We had no resource on the bench to really alter the complexion of the game. I am not saying a 37-year-old striker would have won us the contest but you never lose your touch in front of goal when you have been that consistent during a career as a front-man. Instead Laurent Blanc, 90% of the time, will make like for like changes that have no real impact.
Against Bordeaux in October we had no recognised striker at all! Ibra was injured, Cavani suspended. Jean-Christophe Bahebeck played as the striker that day but his time was cut short as Gregory Van der Wiel was sent off. It was a shame for the young man as that has proved to be his only opportunity thus far to play through the middle. He has been struggling with injury these last few weeks as well. Again, it emphasises the lack of cover.
I thought we missed a trick by not signing Samuel Eto’o. Just look what he is doing at Everton. He may not have the pace of four-years ago but my word he can still finish. Imagine bringing him on for the last 30-minutes of a game that could tilt the balance in our favour in a scrappy encounter. PSG need someone with that panache and Henry – despite his older legs – would offer that on a short-term basis.
We have a heavy schedule. Because of this Blanc has opted to rest Ibra tonight so we only have one striker in the match-day squad for the Lille game (Cavani).
It just makes sense for Nasser Al-Khelafi to at least explore the possibility. It will be similar to the David Beckham deal in some ways but not in terms of ‘actually’ recruiting because we lack depth in a certain position. Becks was brought in for his marketing appeal. Henry will give us that of course but it is what he can offer on the pitch that is the enticing aspect.
Blanc has spoken on this. He played it down somewhat but that is not to say it cannot happen. The gaffer said; “Could he play six months at PSG like Beckham? I’ve not thought about that. He could still play, he loves the game so much. I don’t know if he will retire or not. It wouldn’t surprise me if he continued to play. He’s had a great career and is a great player.”
Since Kevin Gameiro left for Sevilla in the summer of 2013, we never considered bringing in a replacement. We brought in Cavani as our marquee signing for an eye watering amount but we should have at least brought in cover.
Who better to bring in now than a man who has banged in 360 career goals!