Monday, 24 November 2014

What are the options if no striker can be brought in?

With Eddie Howe looking to find an emergency striker I believe he has a fall back option of Junior Stanislas partnering Yann Kermorgant in the front line if he can't get a suitable transfer sorted. Junior is essentially a winger but I don't see why he could not play off of Yann in a forward role. He has good pace and while he is not as string in physique as Callum Wilson he is not smaller than Tokelo Rantie.
Could Junior do a job up front?
Junior also has a reasonable scoring record and is already wanting to play more games. It is difficult for him to squeeze into the side with Matt Ritchie and Mac Pugh doing so well, but a couple of games as a short-term striker would not be such a bad option in my opinion. 

A second option could be to recall Josh McQuoid from Coventry City. Josh has not been in inspiring form though and it looks like Eddie Howe is ready to let him go as AFCB push for higher quality. That also seems the case with Matt Tubbs at AFC Wimbledon. Jayden Stockley also has not impressed Howe enough to bring him in closer to the first team squad. II have heard Ryan Fraser also being mentioned but I feel Junior is the more likely candidate.

If none of the above please they way Eddie Howe wants to set up the team it could well be that Pitman and Kermorgant have to carry the fight to Millwall. That will nullify the threat of pace through the middle which is essential for stretching teams at the back. The other possibility is for Yann or Brett to play as a lone striker and bring an extra midfielder into the team like Gosling or O'Kane, so Eddie has a lot of thinking to do if Callum is not 100 per cent fit for the Millwall match.

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