Date:Sunday August 19 2007
With the third consecutive poor result, and some fans already questioning our title chances, the question has come up, 'Do We Need Another Striker?'
Rooney`s out. Ronaldo`s out. Smith and Rossi have left, and if today`s shocking result told us anything, it is that we are in desperate need of a finisher, a Ruud Van Nistelrooy-esque player, because at the moment I believe we are massively under-strengthed in that area, with Ferguson forced to pick youngster Frazier Campbell in the squad today.
Now I know that many of you will point to last season, where we scored a fantastic 83 premiership goals without any so-called, "poacher", but may I remind you that for large chunks of last season we had a fully fit Louis Saha at our dispense, and much like Jamie Redknapp today, I believe that our best performances last season came early on, when Louis Saha was fit and playing.
So this poses yet another question, do we wait for Saha, who has become the symbol of injury-proness in recent years, to get fit, or do we opt to sign another striker, to accompany Carlos Tevez up top. Personally, I feel that on his day, Saha can rival anyone, and when he plays with confidence he is actually one of our most important players, however these days are too few and far between and I fear that if Saha was to be fit by next Sunday, any sort of knock would set him further back in his rehabilitation. So, what do we do then?
Nicolas Anelka is being mooted as a possible target, and if the rumours are true then I would welcome it, and despite his awful background (including Arsenal, Liverpool and Man City) I think that type of player is what we need. We do not want a static poacher, because as we saw from the RVN days that with a lone target man, the emphasis is taken off the flair players such as Ronaldo and Nani, which is why it is no coincidence that Ronaldo shined so much last year. Anelka is different though, he can be the archetypal goal-poacher, but he can also beat a man, and his pace and trickery would certainly fit in with United`s current style of play and he would bed in almost immediately. Other names being rumored are Barcelona`s Eidur Gudjohnson, Newcastle`s Michael Owen or even another short-loan deal, like the one which brought Henrik Larsson to Old Trafford last season.
Whatever we do, we need to do it soon, because further points dropped in our next two home matches may just be too much to come back from, and though I still feel our season is far from over, another setback could really affect confidence and moral in the team.
What do you think we should do? Do we rely on Louis Saha to guide us back to winning ways? Do we take another visit to the transfer market to help solve our goal drought? Or do we rely on Giggs, Tevez and co. to deliver sooner rather than later?
Have YOUR say.
Date:Sunday August 19 2007
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