As we draw nearer to the end of the domestic transfer window, there has been word of multiple strikers available that Blues could bring in before the window slams shut on Friday evening.
These three strikers are Charlie Austin, Daniel Sturridge and Matej Vydra, who all boast premier League experience.
The names being talked about would emphasize the type of quality being drawn to Blues. The club has shown a lot of ambition with the appointment of Karanka and the signings that have followed and it seems like this is something that will continue.
It’s very hard to achieve a top 6 finish in this league without a striker that guarantees goals. The likes of Teemu Pukki, Billy Sharp, Patrick Bamford are all recent examples of a striker leading the line of a promotion charge.
Last season Birmingham’s top scorer was Lukas Jutkiewicz who found the net on 15 occasions. Whilst this is still a healthy return it isn’t as good as those that play for a top team.
Scott Hogan made a goalscoring impact when joining on loan last January but it seems that confidence and consistency could play a big role on any chances of a 20 goal season for the striker.
Jonathan Leko is another exciting addition but it’s hard to imagine him hitting 20 plus goals in his debut season for Blues.
The issue of trying to find a top Championship striker has been around for a couple of years now. The last striker to find over 20 goals was Fan favourite Che Adams in the 2018/19 season.
Although there is no saying Austin, Sturridge or Vydra are the answer it’s easy to make an argument that all of them can make a substantial impact on the goal tally. Despite dropping off in recent years, there is still a clinical finish somewhere in Austin and if Karanka can find it you have a sensational striker on your hands.
Daniel Sturridge’s career speaks for itself, forming one of the World’s most formidable strike partnerships with Luis Suarez at Liverpool not too long ago and was considered to be one of the best strikers in English football. Injuries and issues finding a run of games have halted his momentum but if he can find fitness he is undoubtedly one of if not the best forward in the league.
Vydra has been impressive pretty much every year he has played out in his career and even helped himself to a couple of goals in the Premier League last season with Burnley and would love to lead the line in an ambitious season for Blues.
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