Monday, 24 November 2014

The Cherries are light up front

There has been talk of Eddie Howe looking at the loan market this week for a striker to come in for the injured Tokelo Rantie. The double injuries to TK and Callum Wilson are a massive blow for the Cherries who are riding high in the Championship. With two strikers likely to be unavailable for next week's match squad against Millwall their must be a case of urgency to see who might be available to cover the positions ahead of another busy few weeks in the league.
AFCB have already said that Rantie will be sidelined for a while.

Eddie Howe knows what he wants in a striker to run behind defences and to stretch play, but looking for such a candidate at this short a notice could be tricky. No doubt the club was checking a number of strikers over the summer when they were in the hunt for Callum Wilson. Who is available now though and on what money is the question that AFCB will be keen to find out, but the player has to be a good fit.

Over the summer Eddie Howe was linked with Carlton Cole at West Ham, but he is getting regular football at the Hammers now and played against Everton at the weekend. He has not the pace to get behind defences either for me.  

There are some deals to be had by all accounts, but finding a dynamic front man is difficult and recent calibre of  loan strike moves have not been that pulsating. Danny Graham went to Wolves from Sunderland this month and Gary Taylor-Fletcher also went to Sheffield Wednesday last month from Leicester. Dexter Blackstock at Nottingham Forest recently turned down a move to Sheffield Utd and might be available, but I can't say I'd be racing to get the cheque book out.

Whatever the chase for a player, AFCB are going to be competing against others as well. It is well known that Brighton are in the hunt for a number nine and there are several teams in the Championship that are desperate to bolster their striking power like Charlton, Wigan and Sheffield Wednesday. It is a pity that AFCB have not got a striker in the development squad that they yet feel could make the jump up to the full squad. By dipping into the emergency loan market though AFCB will be left to find a striker who is simply out of favour elsewhere.

Who do you want to come in for a few games? Use the comment section below to post your views on the striker that Eddie should enquire about.

Michael Dunne has also released his All Departments' podcast so you can listen back to the major talking points of the AFCB v Ipswich match by visiting the All Department's website or listen on Cherry Chimes by scrolling down to the All departments sound bar. 

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