So far in this transfer window, Birmingham fans have been treated to some new signings. With George Friend, Ivan Sanchez, Jon Toral, Andres Prieto and Adam Clayton being bought in for free and Jonathan Leko for an estimated fee of £1m. A position that is still yet to be filled by Karanka is a striker. Scott Hogan impressed last season during his loan spell and Lukas Jutkiewicz had another consistent season however there is no doubt that Blues need to secure the signature of a striker before their first game of the season, after Alvaro Giminez secured a permanent move to Cadiz for an estimated fee of around €2m. Below, we take a look at some potential strikers that Blues could sign and why they would be a good fit for Karanka’s side. Looking at both goals and general form, the 4 targets below would all be a good addition to the squad.
Although Watkins is an unlikely signing for Blues, there is no doubt that it would be a remarkable signing for any championship side. Watkins managed to net 25 goals in the championship last season, losing out to only Mitrovic for the golden boot. He became a key talisman in the Brentford side who narrowly missed out on promotion, losing in the play off final to Fulham. He’s quick, he’s creative and a proven finisher but ultimately probably sits outside of the sights of Karanka.
A more realistic target, Grant managed to shine in a team that never looked certain of avoiding relegation. Grant managed to net 19 goals in a largely unsuccessful season for The Terriers who finished in 18th place above Blues and Luton Town. He also appeared in 93% of Huddersfield’s games last season proving he is a consistent performer. Amid interest from Premier Leage West Brom, there is no doubt he would be welcomed with open arms if he arrived at St Andrew’s.
Another proven goalscorer, the Luton Town forward would add quality and goals to a thin Blues squad. Collins managed to net 14 goals in the previous season, although this had little effect with Luton finishing one point and place above Blues. During his first season as a Luton player, Collins helped them to win promotion to League One and then the Championship the following season- grabbing the League One player of the year award in his second season. Although he has failed to net as many in the Championship, the top scorer for Blues in the season just gone only netted one more goal than Collins.
A former Karanka player, it would be no surprise to see the Spaniard attempt to link up with the Middlesbrough man. In the last season, he netted 11 goals for Boro in 36 appearances and is the perfect target man to top off Karanka’s 4-2-3-1 formation. Assombalonga has a good record against Blues, netting 6 goals and grabbing 2 assists in 6 appearances. Assombalonga could definitely bring a goal threat to Blues and could thrive under the watchful eye of Aitor Karanka.