Date: 12th June 2018 at 5:00pm
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Scoring six goals as a striker shouldn’t really command much praise, but Lukas Jutkiewicz certainly deserves some credit for the resilience he showed last season.

As a Gary Rowett signing, he was never particularly favoured during the reign of two of his successors, Harry Redknapp and Steve Cotterill.

It was something that I could not get my head around considering Jukes’ 12 goals during a tumultuous 2016/17 campaign. An excellent target man, who can bring others into the game, Garry Monk saw his qualities straight away when he was named manager back in March.

He started every single game under the new boss, scoring four goals in 11 matches, including the crucial opener versus Fulham on the final day of the season. The 29-year-old had a significant impact, and will likely play just an important role for us when we start again in August.

Lukas is not a man who will score 20 goals a season. It’s not something he has ever done in his career but for me, his selection in the team is integral when we are playing 4-4-2. In the system, wingers have to play an important part in creating chances, giving width and delivering crosses. Our no.10 has the perfect attributes to take advantage of those balls into the box.

However, while his all-round play is a key component of how we may set up next campaign, the need for more goals up top is just as vital. The quest for a prolific number nine to partner Jutkiewicz is, therefore, a top priority for us.

Without one, Jutkiewicz would continue to make an impact but he won’t be as effective. As I have said previously, 38 goals in 46 league games is just not good enough. While we do have players like the former Burnley man who can hit double figures in a season, to really make our mark in the Championship, we need a potent attacking duo that Monk can rely upon week in and week out.

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13 Replies to “Birmingham Ace The Perfect Foil If Monk Can Find Him A Goalscoring Partner”

  • The Juke is what you describe and his efforts under Monk are worthy of recognition. I would part ex him for Marriot. That solution would solve the situation for all parties.

  • As a striker Jutkiewicz has numerous deficiencies.
    He doesn’t score goals. He is slow. He is not mobile enough to play as a lone striker.
    His stamina is suspect (he always looks knackered).
    On the plus side he is exceptional in the air.

  • If we want to stay still. I.e a mid to bottom championship side by all means keep him and start with him. I not decrying his efforts last season but for me if we’d want to challenge top end of table. He is at best a squad player only. Maybe an impact sub.

  • All the top clubs have at least five strikers with different attributes Duke is one we need more no I’m not saying go out and buy for strikers we have Adam’s who can play off the front man we have vassell who can also play off the front man or on the wing or up top.
    But we need that out and out striker that was score 20 goals a season Oran More. Marriott would be a good choice and as we also need a playmaker in midfield I would go for Madison they play well together they know each other only thing is we can’t afford them so we have to look elsewhere or selfie without existing players with value such as Adams who is touted at £15.5 million and then by the players we need.

  • I agree re. Ronan Hale, the lad has an eye for goal but not to throw him in early doors, definitely start him on the bench and give him the last half an hour just to blood him in at first, As has been said Juk not a main striker who will bag us goals, only 5 League goals this season 4 in the last month, that’s the reason we struggled last term. He was tried with Gallagher but still no joy “it’s time for him to move on,” we need a young, hungry, athletic striker and Marriott fits the bill. I also think if we get the new left back Pedersen we should play Colin in his preferred position and play Harding alongside Dean, the lad is as cool as a cucumber and has played in this position many times before. A creative midfielder is also essential, get all these players and we will be at the play offs. We just need the finances, sell Adams and Juk that will bring in a few quid. KRO.

  • Not even Messi would have got into double figures with the creativity we have shown over the past 7 seasons. I say hold on to the Juke as he works his socks off, and if the team can provide him with more chances he will convert more. Yes he looks knackered around 60-70 minutes but so would any player who has run the distance he has and had a battering for his troubles. He wasn’t played simply because other managers were trying to play a different style that obviously wasn’t a strength of our current squad. Monk played to our strengths and we got some results just like Rowett did, so yes it would be nice to be able to change our style for certain games and the Juke plays his part in some of them.

    As for Harding I don’t think he is good enough in the air to play in the middle. We have 3 right backs of which one can adapt to the left so the competition for places will be good. Lets not forget Cogley. He didn’t get a look in last season but he is a good footballer, and I’m sure Monk will find out who gets to be first pick and who sits it out even if it is homegrown talent. Could Cogley step up to Midfield?

  • Gazal, are you Juke’s agent or something? This season he averaged a goal every 7 League games, I know he runs around a lot and gets knocked about too but so did Donaldson who scored many more and we got rid of him. We will never do any good until Juke is shown the door. One thing I have never seen is how many assists Juke made, I wager not many, he has team mates better positioned and he still goes it alone and runs into a brick wall. Time is up. KRO

  • If we keep Juke in order to play 4-4-2 next season, Garry Monk isn’t the forward thinking modern day manager we all hope he is.

    Surely the reason he played 4-4-2 for those 11 games last term was in order to keep it simple as we were in a dogfight with no time for experimenting with new systems. (That is what pre-season is for)

    You can argue Cotterill couldn’t get them to play in a 4-3-3 with any success, but I would say GM actually knows what he is doing…..

  • Oztumer going to Bolton is a surprise.Would have liked him to have been snapped up by us. Played well for Walsall and knows where the net is. Fans would have taken to him.

  • I agree Brooklyn, Oztumer would have been a positive move for nowt. The players like KANE (Ridgeway Rovers) and VARDY (Fleetwood Town) are still around. The premiership now only go for proven ready-made’s, the chances for lower div. players are few and far between but that doesn’t mean they are not there, Gary is a shrewd operator, I trust him to find a gem. KRO.

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