Date: 27th January 2017 at 12:36am
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It was once said that scoring a goal is the hardest thing to do on a football pitch and Birmingham City are certainly a decent case study.

In 27 Championship games this season, Blues have found the net 31 times, with only 12 of them coming on the road. While Gianfranco Zola attempts to embed a style of play that’s attractive on the eye, there’s a requirement for his team to score scruffy goals too.

Under Zola’s watch, Blues have netted seven times in eight games. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to establish where the problems lie.

Lukas Jutkiewicz is carrying the burden admirably, he sits on 10 for the season so far. Clayton Donaldson is on six despite missing more than a month through injury. But other players – most notably Che Adams and David Cotterill to name two – have to start chipping in. Between them, the duo have scored five which is paltry for the amount of games they’ve played.

From the new signings, only Kerim Frei is a natural attacking player. He could possibly add a goal threat which would be a timely and welcome boost.

Perhaps Blues’ problems lie deeper, after all the forward players are hardly drowning in quality service. The hope is that Craig Gardner can add that little cutting edge to the middle of the park, something that has been lacking so badly for too long.

And with Zola chasing another attacking player before the transfer window slams shut, Blues will hopefully have enough in their armour to produce an upturn in goal scoring return.

 
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6 Replies to “Birmingham City’s goal shy attackers must start producing”

  • Truth is we simply have no strikers. Adams has never been one,even at Sheff.Utd.Jukey is our only target man with possibly Maghoma very loosely classed as a striker. My money is that Zola has possibly two lined up before next Tuesday and I wouldn’t be surprised to see deals involving exchanges. Cotterill and Keifenbeld come to mind.

  • With Villa spending for fun as well as carrying huge unwanted stocks of players-is there anyone of interest for us there. McCormack on loan? Jedinek? These two have no long held ties with Villa,so worthy of a 6 month loan. Bruce may well appreciate a call from Zola to remove his thorn in McCormack.

  • The bad treatment of managers is to blame for some of the game nowadays ..Many of them are frightened of losing their jobs so chose an over defensive system of playing ..With blues using freebies in signing players over the last few years , clubs that have spent a lot of on players that have lost to blues have sacked their managers …We have a manager that is trying to break that trend ….ZOLA …Because of the trend into defence there is a shortage of quality strikers in the UK …And most of all the young strikers here belong to the top clubs and are loaned out to lower league clubs to lesson any challenge from poorer top flight clubs…So you can see why Zola is going for goalscoring wingers as they usually have the skill to score goals except with their heads …He is doing it to get round extremely high prices which we haven’t got and the lack of good strikers available …I take my hat off to him …This man has bottle , get behind him bluenose’s …Or support villa …For the attackers shoot from in the box more . and stop trying to score in off the post aim a foot further in …..

  • Brooklyn McCormack is rubbish we can do better than him. + McCormack is No more a striker than Adams. So NO NO we don’t want there castoffs thank you very much. KRO

  • We could do with a out & out striker if we cant get some one of this type then the next best thing is to play Adams, there and get a left winger for back up. I am expecting Dan Scarr to push in to the first team but if not then we will need a Central Defender.

  • Nsue plays as striker for Equatorial Guinea so is another attacking player we’ve signed. The service has been poor but there have been some glaring misses by our strikers like Donaldson versus villa, Adams versus Brentford, Juke versus Blackburn and Newcastle. The only way to improve your goals is to improve the quality of your delivery into the box and the quality of your attacker (or his play). Maybe we need to improve the tactics of how our players play around the opposition box. All too often Jutkiewicz is isolated up front. Having a few pacier players should help with midfield players bombing on and shooting from the edge.

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