Youtube analysis of Eduardo Da Silva
Arsene Wenger does it again! Typically when the papers speculate Mr A, Mr B, or Mr C as possibles to join Arsenal he signs a Mr Z who was nowhere on the radar screen. Wenger is often on a whole other level when it comes to his acquisitions and he has proved it again today.
Eduardo Da Silva has impressive stats to his name. 34 goals in 32 games for Dynamo Zagreb last season stands out. 7 goals in 12 internationals for Croatia also looks good. And taking a look at this Youtube compilation of Da Silva - admittedly not the best method for analysing a player but the only resource I have until I see him play in the Arsenal shirt - there are some traits that become apparent.
One: He is a left footed finisher. When partnering RVP we will therefore have something that is rare to see - a strike-partnership comprising two left-footed finishers.
Two: He looks like a Benni McCarthy type striker- i.e. totally comfortable when in front of goal and because of this wastes no time in getting a precise shot on target.
Three: He can head the ball - not a quality normally attributable to Arsenal forwards!
Four: He is sharp on the ball and has dribbling prowess.
For me this is an intriguing signing that I like. The guy obviously has a mentality and talent for scoring lots of goals: a natural and predatory finisher of chances in the Benni McCarthy mould that I was hoping for to help the team when it comes under the frustrating collective spell of looking for the extra pass or getting anxious when a shot on goal is available.
It is clear that Wenger also idenitifed this as a weakness and his answer is a player whose apparent strengths should definitely add to and complement our current squad of players. I hope that he indeed does become the natural-born finisher of our creative and attacking team. Good luck Eduardo Da Silva.