Do we need another striker?
It’s quiet, and even the made up transfer rumours seem to have dried up. With that in mind I got thinking about the striker situation, and whether or not we need another striker at Villa Park.
At the moment we have four at the club, and they are Darren Bent, Gabby Agbonlahor, Weimann and Delfouneso. Looking at that I’d certainly think we could do with another body, but with more pressing needs in the squad, is it an area of real priority?
I asked Up the Villa contributor and tactic wizard Sam Tighe @stighefootball how Lambert liked his Norwich side to line up, and it seems he likes to mix between having two and one up front, and often reacts to how the game is panning out. We’ve discussed previously how this is a good thing, and I’m looking forward to seeing our formations next campaign.
Bent is and should be the number one striker at the club, and after the signing of Holman I hope that we see more of Gabby up front now. He’s done well in the wing position at times, but for me he’ll always be a striker, and he has the attributes to be a real pain. If they’re both on form and we can get the service to them, there are not many defenders who will look forward to playing a partnership of Bent and Gabby.
We’ve been big fans of Weimann for a while, and I was delighted to see him given more of a chance last season. He’s a real talent and is a great back-up option at this stage of his career. I could also see him starting games as well because he’s more of a physical presence, and puts in a great shift everytime he’s represents the club. I remain unconvinced about Delfouneso, and even though I think he has some very good qualities, I just can’t see him getting the run of games he clearly needs to show whether or not he truly has what it takes.
For me I think we could certainly do with one more body, and I’d like to see a more physical striker come in. Holt has been mentioned, but at the £6 million talked about I hope we don’t go near him. Someone of that build with an eye for goal would be great, as I fear we’re a little lightweight up top at the moment. Maybe we’ll look abroad for a cheaper option, and in the proposed signing of El Ahmadi it seems Lambert might have an eye for a bargain.
Equally though I wouldn’t be too annoyed if we used our transfer budget to address more important areas. Defensive midfield was certainly one, and that has hopefully been sorted should the aforementioned El Ahmadi deal go through okay. Wing was another and the signing of Holman has added to that department. I still think we could perhaps use another midfielder, but defence is the key area, and I wouldn’t be too opposed to looking for 4 or 5 new players to come in should some of the current bunch move on.
Perhaps we could spend the money here and look at the loan market, and we saw the impact Keane made last season. What do you all think? Do we need another striker? Are you happy with our current options? Any players you’d like to see come in?
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