Tuesday, 23 November 2021
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Seen lot’s of ‘sign a Striker’ in Jan comments, rightfully so I’ll add, but doffing my serious cap for a minute, just who would we go for or even appeal to?!

Any half decent one available will have more than ourselves as suitors, and any rivals for a signature will have one of location advantage, wage offer and League position in their favour if not two or more likely all three?

The only way we’re signing a proven marksman is offering serious coin, something that’s we all know is unlikely.

So what is the answer?

The vast majority of U23 level lads are simply not ready for the hustle and bustle of lower L2. Young a fine example without berating him. Simply too raw.

Non-League? Big risk with these types obviously, but rough and tumble wouldn’t bother most. Also plenty of National League can offer good wages etc. Scott came in, but was plainly obvious Beech didn’t fancy him.

Look further? Scotland, Ireland, Europe?! The further afield, the bigger the risk also. For every Tommy Murray there’s a Richard Offiong!

Whoever we bring in, really could be the transfer to make or break our League Status. Hopefully they have broad shoulders…
4 days ago
I always thought Murray was better than Holmes but couldn't get in the team because of him


And who had the better playing career after leaving us?
4 days ago
Young and inexperienced strikers just don't work at this level, as a general rule.
I don't mind our own youngsters being given a chance but the centre forward position, in the modern game, requires nous and experience
Even the likes of Harry Kane struggled to make much of a mark in his younger days in the lower leagues.
I remember Murray having some spectacularly poor displays for us.
4 days ago
I know a couple of lads who were at the club at the same time and reckon Murray was the worst footballer they'd ever seen in training....(we've had many a disagreement on the subject) i guess that's maybe why his chances were limited.

His career only really took off once he went to Rochdale, maybe a coach there changed something for the better?
4 days ago
You hear/read a lot of fans saying we need an experienced striker.

For me he doesn’t necessarily have to be experienced, he has to be of the required quality, experienced or not. We were in a relegation battle when we signed Charlie Wyke in January 2015. He had little experience but he was what we needed.
4 days ago
Young and inexperienced strikers just don't work at this level, as a general rule.
I don't mind our own youngsters being given a chance but the centre forward position, in the modern game, requires nous and experience
Even the likes of Harry Kane struggled to make much of a mark in his younger days in the lower leagues.
I remember Murray having some spectacularly poor displays for us.


I agree. The spine of the team needs to be experienced at this level.
If you're taking youngsters you need contacts in the game that are going to give you a genuine and real assessment of lads abilities...or give you a proper shot at singing a Pickford, Krul level player on loan.
I think loans these days for a lot of lads are a job interview for when they're released 6 months later by parent clubs U23's...a sort of sink or swim showcase and half of them don't even realise it...Ryan Loft for example.
Unless you're told the truth then they're a bigger gamble IMO
Didn’t say he was inexperienced HuntingHorn, but that he was hardly proven quality before he arrived. This along with his 14 goals in over 100 games for Bournemouth (according to Wikipedia of course!) wouldn’t make him the most attractive signing.

Simpson obviously saw beyond that though and recognised he had the attributes he wanted to compliment Hawley.


Not sure what the point is? That Simpson unearthed a total gem of unknown quantity?

He’d played over 200 first team games.
Okay some in Scotland but league football all the same, more than long enough for any prospective employer to have a good idea what he could/couldn’t provide….

I don’t disagree he was great for us, we could do with someone similar now but I’m not sure what your point is…that you’d rather have some gamble signing rather than someone you know can come up with the goods….? That’s been going pretty well for the last few seasons hasn’t it.


My point is that a forward, or any player for that matter, doesn’t have to have had a great career (or be proven) prior to joining us. Holmes’s career stats weren’t great at all pre-Carlisle but a good manager can see past that and tell that a certain player has the right attributes to suit what the team needs.
4 days ago
You're missing the point.
Holmes played as a support forward his entire career, he even dropped into midfield for Bournemouth (though how that worked with his snail pace is anyone's guess)
He was signed by us as a support striker.
Nobody really spotted anything beyond what he'd done the other 200+ games prior.
I’m missing my own point? I’ll leave you to it…
3 days ago
Not a bad idea Frank when you don’t even seem to remember what your point was.
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