Turns out we’re trying to get Cameron Jerome, again. At first glance, I don’t see why we’d spend over 3 million on a striker that scored 3 goals last year. Yet, when looking at it further, Birmingham couldn’t score (something Aston Villa is currently experiencing; thank you Alex McLeish!), and we’re in dire need of a striker.
Obviously we would like youth, but that’ll come at a premium we may not be able to afford. So here are a few other strikers I can conceivably see at SW6. And wouldn’t mind either.
Honestly, why not? He’s the type of player everyone loves to rag on, almost like a poor man’s Darren Bent, but the man scores goals. Did you know he’s played for 10 different managers? I just made that stat up, but sounds true don’t it? Why not make Jol his eleventh. He presumably wants out of the Second Division, but he is a proven goal scorer at this level – unlike many of his fellow AAA compatriots that may be more ‘sexy’. He turns 28 in November, which isn’t great, but not awful.
If there’s one club worse off than us for unfit strikers, it may be Stoke City. But with Kenwyne Jones a bona fide starter and Jonathan Walters impressing, Fuller may find his future at Stoke a bit difficult when he returns from injury. That is, presuming Tony Pulis strengthens up front before the window closes. He’s a bit volatile, but his physicality and goals-at-all-costs attitude up top are elements to the game that we’re missing. Unfortunately, he’s 31.
TransferMarkt values the Argentine at £9.7m, which is no small sum for a club like us. But a proven goal scorer in Argentina with Boca Juniors and Serie A with Genoa won’t be cheap and something worth an investment considering our record over the past three seasons without the prized Bobby Zamora. At the wrong side of 29, Palacio doesn’t really fit into our plans on going young. But like with Cole, we certainly could do older.
Macheda’s stunning winner against Aston Villa three seasons ago put him on top of the world; a leading candidate in United’s stacked youth striking corps. Now, he’s probably below Dimitar Berbatov on the depth chart. An unsuccessful loan deal to Sampdoria last season (not a single goal; team relegated) did little to improve his stock. So now would be the perfect time to buy, or lease (which is more likely to happen). Even if he is a fraction of what he once was, it’s still better than who we currently have in our “shovel-ready” reserves: no one.
Okay, not a striker. But he’s all over the news right now. And at 31, not really fitting in to that whole “let’s get younger!” zeitgeist we’re in. And wages will probably be a major issue. But with Simon Davies out for an extended period of time, Kasami looking bright but far from the finished product, and Duff running like an old Diesel Engine – superbly reliable, but you know once it’s gone, it’s gone – why not take a flyer on the Israeli? After a horrid time at Chelsea, we could entice Yossi with some regular PT – provided he doesn’t blow out his Achilles on international duty.
A bit past it, but worth a “punt” as you folk like to say?