Eoin Carrigan argues the point that Karim Benzema at 25/1 is outstanding value for money for this year’s World Cup Golden Boot.
Karim Benzema comes into this tournament on a high. A central component of the Champions League winning Real Madrid team, Benzema has had the standout season of his career.
Previously a persistent underachiever, it looked like Benzema’s big money move from Lyon had been a failure – Benzema was even dropped by the French national side in favour of the eternally average Olivier Giroud just last year.
Today things could not be more different.
Benzema scored 24 goals this season, an impressive contribution in a team designed to spoon-feed the ball to Ronaldo. Benzema’s impressive form is not the only reason in favour of him getting this year’s golden boot.
Firstly, with the loss of much of the 2010 squad which made fools of themselves in South Africa, including the recent additions to the absentee list Samir Nasri and Franck Ribery, France appear to have a talented, youthful, enthusiastic and happy camp this year which means shock exits and team scuffles are less likely – their wonderful 8-0 drubbing of Jamaica last week a testament to the good atmosphere around the camp.
Secondly, Benzema is the focal point of the French attack, every move should go through him.
Finally, France have a very easy route to the quarter-finals meaning two things; 1) France could put away a good few goals in the group stage against Ecuador and Honduras and 2) the chance of Benzema playing enough games to score a sufficient amount of goals is high.
At 25/1, Benzema is worth a flutter for the Golden Boot.
Eoin Carrigan, Pundit Arena.