Eduardo da Silva arrived in North London with a reputation of a striker who was a natural finisher, with an eye for a goal. A man with Brazilian flair and Croatian…..citizenship.
Eight goals in 41 appearances for Arsenal would suggest this was a vastly inaccurate tag but as everybody knows, no more so than Martin Taylor, that these figures do not tell the whole story. Five years it has been since that horrific double leg break, a leg break so graphic that Sky Sports chose not to show a replay of the tackle because of its sensitive content – surprising that considering Sky is owned by Rupert Murdoch, a man not well known for fulfilling ethical obligations.
Half a decade on and Eduardo is looking for a route back to the Premier League. He said:
If a club back in England is interested, and I get a good offer, then you never know.”
A return could well be on the cards perhaps, but Eduardo, at 29, would still command a fairly high wage considering his European pedigree. It’s difficult to see any of the so-called top 7 being interested in the Croatian.
One possible destination could be Fulham. Dimitar Berbatov has been a man on a mission since his arrival from Old Trafford in the summer, desperate to prove all the doubters wrong. He often looks isolated up front with only the likes of Bryan Ruiz anywhere close to being on the same wave length as the Bulgarian.
An intelligent footballer such as Eduardo, but one who doesn’t possess the ego to threaten King Berba’s number one status, could be an intriguing capture for the Cottagers. Swansea could be another option for the former Arsenal man. Their free-flowing style and huge European influence could suit the Shakhtar Donetsk forward.
Who would’ve thought that 5 years ago? A certain culture has been installed in the Swans by Roberto Martinez, Paulo de Sousa, Brendan Rodgers and now Michael Laudrup. It has become fully entrenched and with the Spanish-speaking players becoming key figures in the current side, Eduardo would have no problem settling in the group.
The final possible destination is that of QPR. No sooner do I write these words I am instantly regretting them. But the thought process is that of a modern football fan. I like to see clubs that are supposed lesser clubs make signings that shock the system of transcontinental trading. Southampton have done it this year with Gaston Ramirez. Stoke have done it with Jack Butland and QPR have done it with just about every member of their squad.
The Hoops are no doubt in a dogfight at the foot of the table but they have a Champions League winning goalkeeper in Julio Cesar, a player who Jose Mourinho rated at Real Madrid in the form of Esteban Granero and Peter Odemwingie……Oh wait……
Eduardo could seamlessly slot into that list of ‘marquee’ signings that Tony Fernandes craves, craves more that success on the pitch it could appear. Wherever the 29 year old ends up, if he stays free from injury, he can score goals, he can win games and he can banish the demons that will otherwise haunt him until his boots are suitably hung on the definitive retirement hook.