There’s lots of different styles and attributes to a centre forward. Nippy, tricky and diminutive. Strong and powerful. Good in the air. Loves the through ball to run on to. Great with their back to goal. Brilliant at taking the first time shot. Superb volleyer. Powerful shot on them. Excellent holding the ball up and laying off. Whatever it is that floats your boat we all know what we love to see in a front man.
I’m not going to name names but I’ve just watched quite a bit of footage of a player who, by the looks of things, does much of the above very well and has a better than one in two strike rate in one of the top 4 leagues in Europe. This level of player doesn’t come cheap but, someone like him would certainly fit the bill for us IMO.
The said player reminds me a lot of Dean Ashton but, is possibly, slightly more mobile. Personally I found it a massive blow when ‘Deano’ shattered his foot during training on England duty. It was one of the biggest tragedies to befall our club in recent memory. I reckon he’d have gone on to establish himself as one of our greatest ever. In essence ‘we was robbed’ of our elusive regular 20 goal a season man by ‘that challenge’ by Sean Wright Philips and haven’t come close to replacing him ever since.
I love Andy Carroll to bits and he would, if fit for one full season, be up there for me but therein lies the problem. He’s not played a full season since his signing. Sadly don’t believe he ever will.
So what is it that you like to see and what do you think West Ham need most in a goal-scoring number 9?