Date: 4th February 2013 at 9:51am
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There’s obviously been a lot of talk about our failure to sign a striker, my question is though what sort of striker is it people think we should have signed?

To illustrate the point look at the current list of scorers in the Premier league. Top, no surprises, are Van Persie and Suarez with 18 and 17, both very skilful players who move all over the pitch. Next however with 14 is Ba, a completely different type of forward, a powerhouse who leads the line. Then with 13 comes Michu, I am not sure how you describe him, whether he is actually a striker or an attacking midfield player. Then comes a group of four on 11. Lambert and Dzeko are centre forwards but Walcott is a completely different type of player and our own Gareth Bale isn’t a striker at all.

The point is you can’t just define a striker in terms of scoring goals, some midfield players can do that, Mata and Lampard currently have the same number of league goals as Rooney. You need to know what role you want the player to perform for the team. Personally I am looking for a target man, someone who can hold the ball and bring others into the game as well as score goals.

If Villa get relegated I would hope we would go after Benteke, 22 years old, already proven in the Premier league and with the skill and strength to lead the line. But when other fans talk about a striker they may have a completely different type of player in mind, its just not a very useful term. So what type of striker are people actually looking for?

Written by jod