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12/06/2008 07:42,

Scouted: Lukas Podolski

Polish-born German striker Lukas Podolski caught the eye with his double for tournament favourites Germany in their 2-0 win over Group B opponents Poland.

In action again on Thursday, Podolski will hope to continue his prolific form.

Here, United fan Glen Nicolas assesses his attributes...

Scouting Report

Player Name
: Lukas Podolski.
Position: Forward.
Match Scouted: Germany v Poland.
Key Moment: Powerful rising volley 18 minutes from time that sealed Germany’s opening Euro 2008 victory.
Strengths: A proven finisher at club and national level. His 24 goals in a season helped Cologne win promotion to the Bundesliga. In Euro 2008 qualifying he scored seven times. He netted four in 22 league outings for Bayern in 2006/07 and last season hit five from 22, helping Bayern to a domestic double. Podolski also found the net five times in 12 UEFA Cup games.
Weaknesses: Has yet to prove himself in the Champions League.
Suitability: He could provide more competition for striking places, cover for Wazza and be an ideal foil for the England forward. Can score goals with his head and his feet.
Estimated Value: Bayern Munich paid £8million for him in 2006 so you could easily double that if he has a decent tournament.

So, what do you think? Have your say on this Scouting Report at www.manutd.com/talkingreds (Transfer Speculation conference).

* The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Manchester United.

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