Ask a Cardiff City fan what they’re one wish is this summer and the answer you’re likely to get is a striker. To put it simply, Cardiff need goals.
Will Ken Zohore be that man? Maybe, maybe not. One things for sure – it’s a bit gamble to put all of Cardiff’s eggs in his basket.
So team VFTN have been hard at work scouting possible star strikers, with Paul Gronow, Scott Johnson and Scott Salter giving you their top picks.
Paul Gronow – Habib Diallo
Habib Diallo is another unfamiliar name but that’s a travesty all of it’s own. 24 years old and initially from Senegal, he could be another French import that sees his stock grow. Think Neal Maupay, but much, much faster.
When you consider that he has scored 51 goals in 103 matches and also provided 14 assists in that time, available for around six million Euro’s, he wouldn’t break the bank. You’d be hard pressed to find someone with similar stats for the same price.
A pacy striker that likes to sit on the shoulder of the last defender, he could be the perfect accompaniment to big Ken Zohore or dare I say it, Gary Madine. His loan spell at Stade Brest 29 has now ended and it could now be the time to offer him a chance to shine in the world’s most competitive league.
Scott Salter – Dwight Gayle
There were few strikers that impressed as much as Dwight Gayle last season. On loan at West Brom from Newcastle, Gayle grabbed 24 goals, the fourth highest goalscorer. The top three goalscorers are likely to be out of Cardiff’s reach – Tammy Abraham will likely be challenging at Frank Lampard’s Chelsea, while Neal Maupay is likely to be joining Teemu Pukki in the Premier League.
That leaves Dwight Gayle, who would be a brilliant signing for Cardiff. At 28, he’s in his prime and would be a real statement of intent from the Bluebirds.
Scott Johnson – Matej Vydra
It just has not happened for Matej Vydra at Burnley. Fresh off 21 goals in 35 games for Derby the season before last, the 27-year-old Czech made only three starts last year, emerging from the bench on a further 10 occasions and scoring a solitary goal. Not what they would have been expecting for their £11m outlay.
Ben Gibson is in a similar boat. Signed by Burnley, hardly used and now made available. Sean Dyche tends to stick to his favourites and Vydra appears to be very much on the outside, looking in, especially now that Jay Rodriguez has since joined. In his defence, he’s hardly had a sniff and there would likely be no shortage of takers were he up for grabs. There are not exactly a wealth of proven goalscorers out there after all.
It took Vydra a long time to make it to the Premier League and you would imagine that he won’t be keen on a return to the Championship, but you doubt he will be happy with very little prospect of playing either. A rare chance to pick up guaranteed goals on the cheap maybe?