As it stands right now I’m not quite sure if it is “Bent, Benteke, and Bendtner” we’ll be talking about soon or if it is the “Belhanda, Kiyotake and Bendtner” category that we would find the Danish striker in. The fact is that, thanks to social media, it takes less than twenty-four hours to get the Villa community discussing the advantages and disadvantages of signing Nicklas Bendtner, including “in-depth analysis” of his career so far. All this discussion was prompted by a rather short article in the Danish media.
For me, that symbolises the “easy come, easy go” nature of recent Villa rumours. They come out of the blue and are wrung out in whatever way possible. More often than not we see more negatives than positives then the rumours disappear again, without leaving any trace and without the player ever parading a Villa shirt around Bodymoor Heath.
However, there must be a rumour archive somewhere from which the speculation is drawn every transfer window. Over the last few years, not a single transfer window passed without us being linked with Jermain Defoe. There is no chance you could have escaped the headlines regarding Ashley Young being close to a return to Villa Park. Right now, the “#FreeKiyo” tweets are trending again. So why don’t we just add Nicklas Bendtner to that list? With the first journalists now denying our interest in the player, I could see him fitting in very well with the Kiyotakes and Belhandas. The good news for future speculation is that the Dane is looking for a one-year contract so may be on the lookout for a new club once again this time next year.
I have to say that I love the speculation and if it is remotely realistic then I am more than happy as it is all part of the excitement that comes with the transfer window opening. People just need to remember that the rumours are rarely actually true. When there is some smidgen of truth behind rumours, there is still a long road between interest, negotiations and the player actually signing a contract. So as long as fans keep cool heads we might see a little bit of truth in even the weirdest of rumours. The banter that comes with each rumour is a good source of fun.
So, for the fun of it, let’s have a quick look at the rumours currently doing the rounds. Of course, the Bendtner talk doesn’t need detailed explanation. With the player wanting to make decisions about his future soon, it can’t be too long until we find out if he will replacing another Danish Nicklas, who has just headed out on loan to Aalborg. With Bendtner’s wage demands probably higher than we can currently offer and the first media reporters claiming it’s a no-go, it looks unlikely at the moment.
Another story that is put into question by high wages is the reported interest from West Bromwich Albion in our high-earning Alan Hutton, who has just re-joined our first team squad. This transfer would fit so well if it wasn’t for the money involved or was it that money didn’t matter when someone put a too-good-to-be-true-story together? We will soon see if he moves across the midlands but I can really see the benefit to Alan Hutton staying.
This afternoon, the rumour mill rocked back into action and let us know that Kieran Richardson, of relegated Fulham, may soon be plying his trade in claret and blue. Some sources went as far as to say that the Londoner has already had a medical and that the deal is set to be sealed by tomorrow. Richardson is a left winger but has shown himself to be quite versatile and was used as a left-back at Fulham more often than not. Now aged twenty-nine, Richardson is a solid tackler and has been known to make timely interceptions. While he would be a sound if uninspiring signing on a free transfer, his age alone seems to be enough to have put some Villa fans off.
That’s currently it – player-wise. The only rumour left is the extreme theory that Randy Lerner is looking to bring in Nicola Cortese as the new CEO – a story built upon an old quote from Cortese stating he would stay in Milan for a while and a report that Lerner flew to Milan yesterday. We have no choice but to wait and see what happens but I won’t be holding my breath.