Arsenal goalscoring legend Ian Wright believes we need to find a young version of Jermain Defoe to get the best out of Mesut Özil, as we currently don’t have a truly lethal finisher, as reported by The Evening Standard.
We’ve currently got Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck, and Theo Walcott as options up front. They all have their own strengths weaknesses, but one thing you can say about all three is that they aren’t truly clinical finishers.
All three have been known to squander plenty of chances, but thankfully thanks to the creativity behind them they get plenty more opportunities to make amends.
Wright believes that with the creativity Özil possesses we aren’t scoring enough goals, and with a player like Harry Kane, Anthony Martial, or a young Defoe, we’d have a striker bagging 30 goals a season.
“[Özil] knows the striker is making a run and that type of player is how Dennis Bergkamp was, you make the run and the ball will appear,” he said.
“When you look at his stats if they did have Harry Kane or Anthony Martial or even Marcus Rashford you look at the way he moves.
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“If they had someone like that, more clinical, someone who would get on the end of things, someone like a young Jermain Defoe, with Ozil you’re talking 30 goals a season.”
With Harry Kane it’s certainly hard to argue, as unfortunately the Tottenham striker is currently one of the best in Europe. He looks set to win the Golden Boot in the Premier League, and with Özil behind him he surely would have clinched it already. Marcus Rashford and to some extent Anthony Martial are a little more questionable, but a pacy forward with more composure and better finishing than Welbeck and Walcott certainly seems like they could benefit hugely from Özil.
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There aren’t necessarily many (or any) strikers like Harry Kane available unfortunately, and Arsene Wenger is unlikely to spend a small fortune on a relatively unproven player like Martial. Hopefully he’s got a player or two on his transfer list ahead of the summer transfer window opening.