Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Can Brett Pitman finish top goal scorer in the Championship next season?

Do you think Pitman can be a 20 or more
goal man in the Championship?
There is no doubt that Brett Pitman was in sensational form for AFCB towards the end of last season. He may not have stuck away a goal in the last game against Tranmere Rovers to give the club the title but in the 8 games before that he was an ever present feature on the scoreboard. the thing is can he do it in the Championship?

While Brett has had some Championship experience at Bristol City he never had a reasonable run in the team and mainly appeared as a substitute. This time around he is going to be AFCB's main striker and the pressure will be on him to put the ball in the back of the net on a regular basis. I don't think Brett will worry to much. He is desperate to prove himself in the Championship and he will have a thing or two to prove to Bristol City.

Looking at the other top strikers in that division, Brett is going to have his work cut out to walk away with the golden boot. Top of the strikers before the play-offs was Crystal Palace's Glenn Murray on 30, then Jordan Rhodes at Blackburn on 29, Charlie Austin at Burnley on 25 and Matej Vydra for Watford and Chris Wood of Leicester on 20.

Even relegated Wolves had Sylvan Ebanks-Blake scoring 15. It was not enough to save them but a 20 goal man a season in the Championship is going to steer you towards safety and better things more often than not.

While Brett is capable of scoring a great variety of goals from the penalty spot, free kicks, inside and outside the box and with both feet it might be that a few more headed goals is something he can work on. I think Brett will do well because he wants to show that he can be a big name like Jordan Rhodes, Nicky Maynard, Jermaine Beckford and Craig Mackail-Smith.

But where would you expect Brett to be in the list of the top 20 strikers in the Championship? If he comes in ranked 8th or better AFCB will probably have done well as a team, but goals are not the only answer to success. Consider Blackburn's Jordan Rhodes who, as already mentioned, had a great goal scoring season, but his team only finished 4 points above the relegation zone! 

Let's hope our defenders are better than those at Wolves of Bristol City because it wasn't their strikers who failed so badly. Evans-Blake was ranked 9th top striker this season, while Bristol City's Steven Davies was equal 12th. 

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