Who Will Fill The Ipswich Town Striker Void?
Goals win games it is as simple as that and when you look at Ipswich Town's current striker force, they still seem very hard to come by.
The recruitment of Joe Garner from Rangers for 788,000 pounds was a start but of course if we can believe what manager Mick McCarthy is telling us, someone who was averaging almost one goal one in every two games between the years 2012 to 2015 with Bournemouth, has been told that he is surplus to requirements.
Now in the curious case of Brett Pitman I think there is possibly more going on than his goal scoring exploits with Town, which have seen him score eleven in forty eight appearances to date.
It must be noted however that the bulk of those appearances have come from the bench and he is obviously frustrated to find himself in this position far too often.
There is rumour too that he has a bit of an explosive temperament and this can have an adverse effect upon the harmony at a club, as Paul Taylor found out to his cost all those years before.
Whether it is a combination of his own frustrations, or his attitude to his team mates that has been the catalyst for the decision by McCarthy to let him go is anybody's guess but I am not convinced that it is entirely about his goal scoring record, which has been generally good wherever he has played.
So if he departs, which I think is regrettable, then we are very light up top and apart from Garner we only have David McGoldrick and Freddie Sears, as Kieffer Moore has joined League One side Rotherham United on a season long loan.
There was talk that Town might try to get Reading forward Dominic Samuel back but Blackburn Rovers are now favourites to sign him, as they have more spending power than the sorry Blues these days.
Another name that is currently being bandied around is Icelandic international Jon Dadi Bodvarsson but a loan deal seems the most likely scenario, as he still has another two years under contract with Wolves and this could prove to be too costly for Town.
Personally, I think we should look to the Netherlands to find a capable forward because there are some excellent strikers over here that are playing in the top flight of Dutch football and earning a lot less than some of our so-called stars!
My main concern is where are the goals going to come from? Garner is not prolific and nor is Bodvarsson and apart from one great season - when he topped our goalscoring charts, McGoldrick is these days a one in five man at best.
McCarthy must contemplate playing Sears through the middle again regardless of who accompanies him because in this position, we play to Freddie's strengths.
As the season gets closer, I am left to ponder who will fill the role of a prolific striker - or will we be totally dependent on our defence and our new dynamic midfield to wade in with the goals?
Without a proven goalscorer we will seriously struggle and that is perhaps why Derby County are prepared to splash out ten million quid for Tom Lawrence, who was a revelation with us last season.
Frank Weston - Editor of Vital Ipswich