Arsenal's Nicklas Bendtner's transformation is almost complete. Seen previously as a waste of space, he is now perceived as a valuable member of the first team squad.
He proved that by breaking the deadlock on New Year's Day by scoring an 88th minute goal against Cardiff City, his second Premier League goal of the campaign.
Unfortunately in the process of scoring the goal he injured himself, and was ruled out for a month.
The Metro however last night reported that the Danish international is making positive progress and is way ahead of schedule.
They write Bendtner could be fit for next weekend's Premier League home fixture against Fulham, and even speculate that his return might cause Arsene Wenger to shelve plans to sign a new striker.
While that may be unnecessary scaremongering, although very believable, it is a credit to Bendtner that his return is viewed as a positive for the Gunners, when it so easily could have been a non-event.
He is arguably the luckiest striker in football, to still be at a club like Arsenal, only handed a chance this season because the club struck out in their attempts to sign a striker in the summer.
Credit where it is due though, for he not only convinced Arsene Wenger to hand him a shot at redemption, he has won over the majority of supporters.
While it's accepted he is not good enough to lead the line regularly, he has in recent months transformed himself from a laughing stock to a credible option.
That says a lot about his commitment to the cause, and if Arsenal win the Premier League this season, after his goal against Cardiff few would begrudge him a medal.
It still appears odd that Bendtner's return is a huge boost for the Gunners, but it's because he has been out of the first team picture for so long before this season.
It's ok to breathe a sigh of relief that he is soon to come back, even if it requires the shifting of a long-held view that he is not good enough. For now at least, he is more than useful.
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