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Q: 2020/2021 Where will we finish up this season?
a. Top Four, Champions League here we come
7%
  
b. 5th-7th Europa League is well within our grasp
1%
  
c. 8th to 14th anywhere in mid table is about right
13%
  
d. We're in a dog fight before a ball has been kicked and we'll do well to finish 17th or just above
38%
  
e. GSB have derailed our season before a ball has been kicked, the Championship beckons
41%
  



scott_d 11:15 Wed Jan 29
Who is going to score the GOALS to Keep us UP
It looks like the club have no intention in bringing in a striker and will leave the responsibility of scoring goals to the vast array of prolific strikers already in the team. So let's have a look at the options:

Haller
6 goals in 22 games (20 starts - Premier League only)

Massively out of form after a positive start.
We hoped that Moyes might be able to turn his form around after he had a positive impact on Arnautovic last term, but so far it's not looking good.
Obviously he has some ability but doesn't seem to be working for the team.
Bit of a Catch 22 - needs some confidence to start scoring again, needs to start scoring again to gain some confidence.

Ajeti
0 goals in 8 (0)

Relatively early days and hasn't started a Prem game yet. Not really made any impact in any of the games he's come on so far and showed nothing to suggest that he could help us out of this mess.

Antonio
1 goal in 10 (5)

He's not a striker, but he's still the best striker we've got and he's a workhorse. He's valuable to us in any position going forward (just not RB). Concern is that the nature of his game means he throws himself around and picks up knocks so he's too often in the treatment room. Still, we need him fit as we look clueless without him. Even if he doesn't score, he causes problems and sets and example with his workrate.


Other considerations:

Yarmalenko
3 goals in 15 (9)

Currently injured, not sure when he's back and he's also not really a striker. He's a bit too slow for me, ponders on the ball a bit too long. He's ok when the team is playing well, but tries to play fancy flicks and tricks even when we're struggling the simple things aren't working. Unlikely he is the answer even when he returns from injury.

Jordan Hugill
9 goals in 18 (27 starts - Championship)

Ironically the highest goal scorer we have albeit in the league below. I don't think we have the option anyway, but absolutely no chance he is going to be recalled. He's probably at the right level to be fair. Worth keeping for next season perhaps!

Development Squad:

Moyes seemed to have no interest in youth in his previous tenure and that looks to continue.
Holland & Coventry off on loan, Grady and Cullen not recalled. Perhaps they were never going to feature but it's telling to me that he does not even want to try some of these players when we woefully short in these areas. (I know Coventry and Cullen are midfielders but this is another area we are lacking in quality/depth)

Scully scored 15 in 18 for the development squad. It's a big step and I've not seen him play but I very much doubt we will. Mind you, Is he even a striker or more of an attacking midfielder?

Xande Silva has just returned from injury I think? He's been out for about 10 months and is 23 in March. Supposed to be a decent player there but has the injury put his development back?


In summary, I think we're probably fucked if we don't (as expected) bring another striker in.

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