Podolski, even when he's been tried centrally, has typically been a non-factor there. The problem is that Podolski is not a dogged runner off the ball. At times he will make breaks or play one-twos with teammates, but he's as often seen walking or merely jogging. Worse, Podolski seems unable to cross the penalty spot and operate on the right side of the pitch with the same confidence as the left. As strong as his left foot is, his right foot is relatively weak. Any striker, even a poacher, must be able to operate over the entire front of the goal. And Podolski also doesn't have aerial skills that might mitigate some of this.