Date: 5th August 2010 at 10:43am
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Hi guys, The names Ben. It’s nice to meet some fellow Roverites!

What I want to discuss is our ‘mystery striker’ bid.

It has been well documented recently, that we have made an ‘improved’ offer for our main strike target. Sources range from internet and newspaper articles, to what I consider a more trustworthy source, Sky Sports News.

Every source seems to tell a different story, one article will claim the mystery man is John Utaka, then a few hours later Sky Sports News will refute those claims.

Other names mentioned have been the likes of James Vaughan from Everton, Mame Buram Diouf from Manchester United, Nikica Jelavic from Rapid Vienna, and Tom Eaves from Oldham. None of which overly excite me. I think John Utaka is a good player, but we don’t just need another good player, we need a good goalscorer. With his Premier League record for Portsmouth standing at a rather lacklustre 7 goals in 65 games.

Realistically I think we would be looking at a maximum 10 goal return for our investment, not a worthwhile risk in my opinion Nikica Jelavic has a far more impressive goalscoring record for Rapid Vienna, 25 goals in 70 games, but I consider him to be very similar to Kalinic, can we really afford to have another relatively unproven striker, who will take a season to adapt to the English playing style?

I think at the most, he would score 13 goals for us. I have always been impressed with James Vaughan on the very rare occasion I have seen him play. But 7 goals in 46 Premier League games for Everton doesn’t suggest to me that he will bring us the 15-20 goals we desperately need. I appreciate that the above stats may not be 100% accurate (don’t worry, we can’t really pull you up on that – ed) and the games played aren’t all starts, but regardless none of the above have outstanding goal scoring records.

Perhaps the most promising prospect out of the 5 players named above, is Mame Diouf from Man United, with a total of 29 goals in 63 games for Molde when he was based their permanently, and 4 goals in 12 games for them when United loaned him back to them last season. But, personally I would rather not rely on a loanee to bring us the goals we need.

Yes, it helps us in the short term, but if he scores 15+ goals, once the season is over United will undoubtedly want him back, and we will gain no long term benefit from such a deal. I don’t know enough about Tom Eaves to form a valid opinion, but he has yet to make a first team start for Oldham, and more importantly, he has yet to score.

Do we really want to pin our hopes on a striker who has not yet even proven himself in the lower divisions? However, I don’t believe the mystery man to be any of the aforementioned players.

Call it wishful think or blind optimism, but I just have a gut feeling that we will surprise a few people with an unexpected signing, that could be considered a coup for a club of our stature. As to whom the player could be, I wouldn’t even know where to begin with a guess, there are so many quality strikers out there, it could be any one of them.

I would like to think it’s someone like Asamoah Gyan, but that is definitely wishful thinking, especially considering we are cash strapped, at least until one of the proposed parties completes their takeover. N.B. I know Gyan does not have an amazing goal scoring record, but I think he is a quality player, and I believe he would adapt to the English playing style very well What do you guys think, are we going to sign the goal scorer we have desperately been missing since Roque left? Or will we end up with another 10 goal a season striker?

*Welcome to the VB nation Ben, this is an article I received from the man himself yesterday.

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10 Replies to “The mystery? Can anybody solve it?”

  • Thanks for posting the article, Mikey =) I hope I am right on this one, I would hate for us to end up with another JR calibre striker.

  • Thank you, Mr. Sasman =) I honestly will be gutted if we do end up with another average striker. Fingers crossed though. I really hope this Syed guy wins the takeover battle, he is making all the right noises, and hopefully we would have a little bit more financial clout in all future transfer windows.

  • Great article, I agree with all you say on the other potential strikers we have rumoured to be signing. I would really Like Gyan as well his game fits right in with the English style but his asking price is so high now not sure with even the take over money it would be value for money. Man Utd were very clever when they signed Hernandez before the world cup for a £8m which is much smaller than what he would be valued at today after his successful world cup.

  • Good stuff mate, defo what we need a 15-20 goal man. they all just seem to be a little out of our price range but you never know. we haven’t spent anything yet so one big money signing may just surprise a few people.

  • Gyan would be an excellent signing – we could do with someone with his pace to do what Bellamy did for us during his short spell and play off the target man. Is the new Diouf particularly pacey?

  • I thin Diouf is a pacey striker, I have not seen a great deal of him to be honest. But, he will bring something different to the team, which is always a good thing. There are reports floating around that he will sign on loan today, let’s hope we make our permanent striker signing soon too. Gyan is good, but not worth 20 million, I agree on that. Let’s hope it is not just wishful thinking, and that we do end up with a gem!

  • i think Dioufy could be there to challenge Hoillet. They seem like similar players, lets hope Dioufy can put it in the back of the net…..rkn he and El Hadji will get along? lol

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