Date: 24th January 2017 at 3:23pm
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In recent weeks it has become obvious that we need a striker. With Donaldson out injured, it just leaves Che and Lukas as our two main options as permanent forwards. It is not feasible to have just two or even three strikers in a squad as injuries do occur but also it just means that we will have more options with different formations and different styles of play if we can broaden the attacking options.

January is usually a difficult time to acquire players especially cheaply because they are still under contract until the Summer or longer and less negotiations take place because it is a risk to shuffle the team at this point of the season unless things are not going well or the manager has changed. Or both. Zola is really looking to adapt his team to the way that he likes to play and that has been seen in his signings of the wing backs as well as a creative player. But what Zola really needs in my opinion is another striker to form a partnership.

Although Rowett favoured just one up front, usually Donaldson, Zola is much more a 2 up front kind of manager. It was seen perfectly with Ighalo and Deeney at Watford when he was the manager there. Due to this, we simply do not have the players to implement this system so I would have thought that a striker is next on the list. Strikers may be hard to come by unless they’re unhappy at their current club and I believe that Rhodes is just the man that we are looking for. Gestede has come in for the North East side which looks to push Rhodes even further out of contention. So now seems like the time.

Lets be honest, he isn’t Premier League quality. If he had pace, then he may be but he just isn’t and so to see him sat on the bench at Middlesbrough is not a surprise to me nor anyone who watched him at Blackburn Rovers regularly. However, he is a very good Championship striker. He can use the pace of others around him in order to free up space in the box. If he is given a chance then he will score, there is absolutely no doubt about that. He is a proven goal scorer in this country in this league and to judge him based on his time in the Premier League would be very unfair. We need goals and he would get us them.

It is reported in the Gazette (http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/jordan-rhodes-how-middlesbrough-aston-12493220) that both Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday are interested in him which just shows how popular he is in Championship clubs eyes. He may be slightly over priced now and may even be out of our price range because both those clubs could outspend us. But it’s worth a shot and we do need someone like this in order to kick start our season. We need goals desperately and if you want goals, what’s a few million pounds in order to achieve that?

 
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