We’ve got to sort this attack out.
There are some good footballers across that front line but none possess the required aggression, devilment or penetration to consistently score goals.
Even if Bruno goes to a back four next season I’m not convinced an extra body further up the pitch will solve the problem. The personnel isn’t right.
Prior to Burnley going ahead in this game with the only chance they created there were a few nice passages of play but every time, without fail, it broke down around the penalty area.
Jonny and Semedo were the only players in gold shirts to register meaningful efforts on goal which tells you everything about how passive our strike force has become.
Raul, playing deeper behind Fabio, typified the performance, occupying some neat positions and looking creative in moments but seeming to forget the ultimate objective was to score a goal.
And Fabio himself was energetic and persistent but again on the rare occasion a cross did come into a good area he was nowhere to be seen.
Pedro came on with enough time to make an impact but again looked a couple of yards off the pace. I’d have liked to have seen Chiquinho who at least plays with energy and purpose. If we didn’t get him to disrupt games like this, I’m unsure why we bothered at all.
What’s frustrating is we were having the same conversation a year ago and two transfer windows have passed where this obvious deficiency has not been addressed.
Maybe it was fair to believe Raul returning and Trincao and Hwang coming in could offer a solution but unfortunately these are all technically sound footballers that largely operate on the periphery of the game and lack any sort of physical power.
A bonafide number 9 must arrive in the summer and maybe, just maybe, we won’t look quite so inept when teams are sitting deep and the onus is on us to force the issue.
The woeful attempts to do anything after Burnley scored (combined with the Goals For column) should at least serve as a timely reminder about the importance of this matter.