Cole: Benzema is the man

April 28, 2010 Tags: , Shorts 5 comments

Former Manchester United and England striker Andrew ‘Andy’ Cole says that Sir Alex Ferguson should make a second attempt to sign Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema this summer. United failed with a bid for the French player, after the former Olympique Lyonnais striker opted to join the Spanish giants in a €35 million deal last June.

However, speaking to the Manchester Evening News, Cole says United’s over-reliance on 34-goal striker Wayne Rooney this season means Ferguson needs to dip into the transfer market.

“I think Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen’s injuries have proved that United do need another body in their strike force,” said Cole, who scored 121 goals for United.

“It wouldn’t surprise me at all if the manager brings somebody in to add to the players he has. But the question is who do you buy?”

“I was speaking to Sir Alex Ferguson last summer at his charity golf day and we were talking about the fact there are no No9s around these days.”

“There are a lot of No10s, the playmakers who make things happen, about. But traditional goalscoring strikers are few and far between.”

“Everyone has got the same dilemma. There are hardly any of them about. I look around the world, there’s Fernando Torres, Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto’o in that No9 style, and then I’m struggling to name anyone else.”

“Torres at Liverpool is a real old-fashioned English centre-forward. He’s a throwback but you don’t get many of them in England these days let alone from Europe. He is definitely a bit of a one-off.”

“Karim Benzema is not identical to Torres but I think he is the nearest you might get to him. I think he is fantastic. He has great ability.”

“I know Sir Alex wanted him last summer and if he can go back and try again and the lad decided he’d have more chance at Old Trafford then I think that would be really interesting.”

“It’s what United need.”

Whether Ferguson has the money to fund a deal is open to debate, with Benzema likely to cost more than £25 million. The Frenchman’s signature would add to the seven strikers already in the club’s first team squad.


Rob - April 28, 2010 Reply

Benzema would be a quality signing. If we could get him for less than £25 million then we should not hesitate. Then we would have Rooney, Benzema, Berbatov and Owen as first team options, with Welbeck and Macheda as backup. We also have Diouf and Hernandez as unproven youngsters but we really need 4 senior strikers.

James - April 28, 2010 Reply

there are no No9s around these days? ”Have you see David Villa´s curriculum ? He is scoring from 15 yrs every match ¡¡
Benzema is one match right 3 month out ¡¡
David Villa is 28 that means he will be scoring a huge amoung of goals till 33. Time will tell ¡¡¡

Matthew - April 28, 2010 Reply

Whatever happened to that old saying ‘never sign a player that has rejected you in the past’?

Don Pablo - April 28, 2010 Reply

If he comes cheap, just bite the lip and sign him. Don’t want a repeat of Robben, Sneijder scenario where they were once available and are now setting Europe alight. Doubt Fergie will tho.

nicorn7 - April 30, 2010 Reply

If we continue to play 451 or 433, whats the point of spending 25mill on a player who will be Rooney’s back up. I doubt Benzema will want to be the next Berba.

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