Player Review: Lukas Podolski

Originally from Poland, Lukasz Podolski has built a solid reputation for himself across Germany. In fact, he’s accrued 101 caps for the German national side, scoring goals in the process. At just 27 years old, that’s no easy feat. He has a powerful left foot, and great technical ability.

He made his international debut at just 19 years of age in 2004. He made a big impact at the 2006 World Cup, scoring three times, followed this up with three more goals at Euro 2008. He also bagged a goal at this year’s Euro 2012 tournament.

Podolski spent years at Koln before a transfer to Bayern Munich in 2007. His time there wasn’t exactly the highlight of his career, battling with the likes of Frank Ribery for a place in the starting line up. Podolski only managed to find the net 17 times in 73 games for Munich.

In 2009 he opted for a move back to Koln, appearing for them 88 times, scoring 33 times. His move to Arsenal was announced on April 30th, just before the Euro 2012 tournament had begun. Obviously, every Arsenal fan had a special, scrutinizing eye set upon Lukas Podolski.

After signing Lukas Pdololski, Arsene Wenger said:

“He is a striker, and we like them,” said Arsène Wenger. “He is technically gifted, he can play through the middle and through the flanks, he is very adaptable, can create goals and make goals.

“That for me was an obvious choice. He is left-footed as well and that for me is interesting. It is sometimes interesting to have a left-footed player on the right flank, especially a guy who can give assists.”

His performances for Germany during the tournament were unfortunately lacklustre. There was nothing worrying about his overall game, but Arsenal fans were weary to say the least, of his average displays. I for one feel that such scrutiny is harsh. After moving clubs, and subsequently moving countries, you’re bound to be slightly off your game for a while.

But, I digress. Lukas Podolski has plied his trade primarily on the left wing, however he can operate on the right as well as a conventional striker. With Arsenals ever-growing sick list, along with rumours linking RVP & Theo Walcott away from the club, his versatility may come in handy.

Here’s a quick look at what Lukas has to offer us:

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Do you think Podolski has what it takes to take on the Premier League? Or will he end up on next year’s Sling Your Hook list? Leave your comments below, or head over to our forum.


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