Birmingham City: Who are Gary Rowett’s “three or four” striker targets?Leave a comment
March 22, 2016 by Shane Ireland
Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett revealed last week that he had intentified “three or four” targets as he considers bringing in a striker to St Andrew’s during the emergency loan window.
The boss is hoping to sign a striker in order to aide his goal-shy side, who have found the net just four times in their last nine games.
Clayton Donaldson remains Blues’ main attacking outlet but the goals have dried up recently for the Jamaican forward, who wasted a good chance as Birmingham drew 1-1 against Fulham on Saturday.
Here’s a look at four frontmen that should be on Rowett’s radar.
Kyle Lafferty is a name that springs up seemingly every time any side looks to sign a striker on loan.
But Blues were yesterday linked with the Norwich City forward, according to the Birmingham Mail.
Lafferty is keen for first-team football ahead of Euro 2016 but will have to move to find it after being frozen out at Carrow Road.
The 28-year-old has struggled for form on the domestic front, but dazzled in Northern Ireland’s successful qualifying campaign for this summer’s tournament and top-scored for Michael O’Neill’s side with seven goals.
Lafferty plays the lone striker role for his country which would ease his transition into Blues’ 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-2-1 systems, where Donaldson currently spearheads the attack.
The former Burnley forward rejected a loan move earlier this year, but it is understood that Rangers and Sheffield Wednesday are also keeping tabs on him.
Honourable mentions go to Stoke City striker Peter Crouch, but wages could prove a stumbling block in a move for the former England man, Chelsea youngster Tammy Abraham who was linked with Blues on TeamTalk.com, and Marvin Emnes, who has only four Swansea City appearances to his name this term.