A Change of Attack?
Having scoured the bottom two divisions I can find only three players that meet the criteria of:
- Experienced (mid twenties at least)
- Tall and muscular (over 6ft 1in in height and 14 stones in weight)
- Proven goal record (about 1 in 3)
- Available (club is not in a position to reject a good offer)
In short, a target man.
The following candidates meet all of these requirements:
Barry Conlon of Darlington has done very well to maintain a good goal record considering the struggling clubs he has played for. At 26 years of age he still has plenty of football ahead of him and at 6ft 3in, 14 stones has plenty of presence on the pitch.
John Murphy of Blackpool may be older (28) but he has an even better goal record. Slightly shorter than Conlon at 6ft 1in, he is just as solid.
Finally, there is Steve Howard of Luton Town. He is also 28 years old but at 6ft 3in and close to 15 stones he is the physical match of Burgess.
One thing is now certain: any new striker must be in Burgess's mould if we are to pursue our tactics of this campaign in the Second Division. A move for any other style of striker would also have to herald the arrival of a new approach.
Having said all of this, I am not oblivious to the fact that Peter Taylor may already have a strapping youngster currently plying his trade in the Premiership's reserve league, well within his sights.
As usual, the summer will reveal all.