Although it was thoroughly disappointing to see the Black Country derby called off yesterday, the postponement could very well be a blessing.
Our injury situation surely can’t be any worse when rearranged fixture rolls around, so in all likelihood we’ll be able to field a much stronger side.
Perhaps of equal importance, the January transfer window should also have swung wide open by then, allowing us to strengthen, beat the Albion and mount an escape from the dropzone.
And one thing we require in January, along with defensive reinforcements, is a striker.
I feel confident that in SEB, Doyle and Fletcher, we have a trio of forwards more than capable of digging us out, but with Marcus Bent almost certain to be politely sent packing in the new year, we’ll need a fourth frontman to fill the void.
Bent was unquestionably brought in out of desperation because nobody better was available, but even I’ve been surprised at the lack of opportunities he’s been afforded. Still, this proves a point to me that we just don’t need a target man.
So when Mick draws up his shopping list, I hope it includes a forward with some serious pace to burn.
I think we’re crying out for that, just to provide another option and give opposition defenders something else to worry about.
This thought has occurred to me a few times, particularly when we’re clinging onto a narrow lead late on in a game. We sit ridiculously deep and very rarely look like springing a counter-attack to kill the game off. A fleet-footed forward could remedy this situation.
And low and behold, this morning I came across a story linking us with pacey MLS Striker, Robbie Findley. Hardly speculation to set pulses racing but nonetheless, someone of this ilk could be a useful addition to the squad.
Like it or not, we’re never going to attract a marquee signing with three established first team strikers already on the books, so it certainly wouldn’t surprise me if this rumour had legs.
Another quick attacker, who we’ve been linked with in the past, is Derby’s Kris Commons. I think he’d be a cracking signing. With 12 goals in the Championship already this season and the ability to play out wide and off a front man, he could certainly be of some use. Whether or not we could get him is another question entirely.
I’d be interested to know if I’m alone in thinking we should be shopping for a player in this mould.
What do we all think?