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The Next Move Is Critical

With it being a slow news day I was thinking about what we are looking at for this summers transfer business and came to the very abrupt conclusion that bar 2 strikers we could actually be done for this window.

Right back, check. Midfield youth, check. Bit of pace, check. Gael Givet, check.

But the next buy is the most important one. For all the little trimmings and extras added to the squad what we really need is a regular stream of goals. Roque has gone and City have sent us a rather ludicrous amount of money back in our direction - 13 million of which Sam can spend.

Now rather than speculate over who or what we are going to buy I am going to assure everyone of this... How good this new hitman is will determine where we finish in the league.

If he flops we could be up the creek without a paddle this time. However, if he is a poacher who fires in 15+ Premier League goals then the season could be a memorable one for us all. We could muster all the bargains in the world but we need something that you can't get on the cheap, for someone to hit the onion bag.

The support play of Benni McCarthy and I might add more importantly Jason Roberts is in place to back up the main guy with 15 odd goals between the two of them. Whilst we are on the subject of Roberts for all his faults he is actually an excellent supplier of goals - he is paid to score them but the reason he has hung round with Rovers and is so popular with every boss is because his strength and pace help the team - a striker who is a goalscorer would love to play alongside Roberts.

With the defence now sorted with a likely first choice line up across the back of Emerton, Samba, the mighty Nelsen and Givet and tactics in place so that we are solid at the back with the players we have we should not have many problems picking up draws on the road and a few at home but for us to really push on into the top half those one point hauls need to be turned into 'three pointers'.

We need a man that will pop up with that winner in the last five minutes, that guy that you can always look to when you are having a bad game as a team to do that something special.

Three seasons ago that man was Benni McCarthy. Two seasons ago it was Roque Santa Cruz. Last season we really didn't have one. This was the reason in my eyes we were in trouble regardless of all Ince's problems - having a man to stick his neck on the line and turn the tide when things weren't going well.

Sam this next buy is the BIG ONE - and I think he knows it.




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Writer: Mikey Delap Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday July 2 2009

Time: 8:08PM

Your Comments

I think Sam will more than likely get the main striker in sooner rather than later and then get this Di Santo lad from Chelsea in a few weeks as a fourth striker. That is how I see it going anyway.
Mikey D
What happened to Warnock in that back line?? Are u thinking midfield for him now??
roverjoy
missed out a creative midfield player.
rover23
also.. we did great under sam.. and we had 2 strikers + chris samba..
rover23
Who will be the first team choice, Brett or Diouf?
Mike J.
Let's see Brett starting on right wing to open the season. He was fantastic before the knee injury ended last season. Also he tends to make runs and passes to the top of the box instead of playing wide and whipping in crosses like MGP. Brett's on-the-deck style of play is more likely to create chances for Roberts, Dunn, Warnock and Grella. Diouf off the bench can be a fantastic infusion of energy and it gives Sam a chance to manage his mercurial attitude.
SoCal Rover
I'm still pulling for another striker. Roberts is a big body opportunist, but he can't consistently create his own shot. Benni is a fantastic finisher, can create his own shot, partners well with MGP but lacks the height to dominate in the air in the box. None of our attacking players are over 6' tall except Roberts and I don't think I've ever seen him jump! At 6'4" Di Santo could be a valuable target during set pieces.
SoCal Rover
You need a striker? Funny thing. I think you just sold one to Olympiacos. Get ready for a season of grind-it-out, Sam Allardyce football. No goals needed.
Samboney
I believe Warnock will play midfield mainly next season as Givet is not going to shift the CB pairing and he is not going to be left on the bench either. We wont be buying another midfielder as far as I am concerned.
Mikey D
A goalscorer is what we need now Big Sam, and I'm sure you'll deliver it. Superb article by the way Mr Mikey!!!
Walker
Remember Jacobsen on the RB, he will do will. Still think McCarthy will be sold, and then a new striker + di santo. We have to remember Gallacher as a striker as well, think he will do pretty well.....cheers
riisenholt
I think Givet on form is better than Samba. BUT Samba is still young and has bags of potential and a HUGE stature. I suspect Warnock will be shifted into midfield and, pending a decent striker coming in we'll line up 4-5-1 with Warnock, Grella and Dunny in the centre (Emo and Gamst on the wings no doubt). As the season progresses and MGP again fails to perform I would like to see Warnock pushing on to become a marauding the left winger that Gamst once was. I think he's got it in him.
Money4midfield
Warnock is perfect for a 4-5-1 but Warny, Givet and Emo - there versatility will be crucial!!! The striker as I say is what it hinges on though!
Mikey D
i believe that jacobsen will be our main RB for the season.
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