The Polish born German international, Lukas Podolski, has largely failed to live up to the hype that encircled him during the 2006 Fifa World Cup. At that time, the powerful striker was 21 and seemed destined for greatness. He had just completed a move to German powerhouse Bayern Munich and played as a starter on the national team. He scored three goals in the tournament, developed a shoe line, and was well poised for stardom.
However, his recent years seem to threaten that he was just another flash in the youth pan. His Munich career began quite well, as he scored 12 goals in 33 appearances, often being used from the bench. But he was never truly ingratiated into the starting lineup, and he missed time because of injuries. Italian giant, Luca Toni was brought to the club, and Podolski became the third wheel behind Toni and Miroslav Klose.
In 2009, Podolski was sent back to F.C. Cologne and has since fallen by the wayside. The club has not been very competitive in the Bundesliga, and Podolski has struggled to accumulate goals. In recent times, he has begun criticizing the club for failing to deliver upon promises about the team’s efforts to attract talent. Now it seems as if the club is going to fine him for the public disapproval. It seems as if his time in Germany is drawing to a close as he wants to move abroad.
The struggling Premier League team, Arsenal, is the team heavily linked to Podolski. They already have a clear-cut #1 striker in Dutchman Robin van Persie, but he could use a partner. Also, talk has emerged that Van Persie is unsettled and could be on the way out. As his contract expires in the summer of 2013, he could be sold elsewhere and leaving the Gunners scrambling for a replacement.
Podolski needs a change of scenery. Cologne has proved to be too small a fish in the turbulent sea of the Bundesliga. The player has spoken of his frustration as year after year, the team repeatedly finds itself in the heart of the relegation battle. Perhaps Arsenal can be the side to reinvigorate the once promising career. Arsene Wenger has been known to pluck talents whose careers have stagnated. One must only look to Thierry Henry as an example.
Perhaps this is the perfect match for the German striker. He has heaps of international experience in the big games on his side. He is still relatively young at 26, and he will be available at a bargain price. There’s no secret he is ready to move, and his stock has fallen tremendously since he was purchased by Bayern Munich in 2006. His rocket of a shot and nose for goal can still spark this career to greatness.