Be interesting to get people’s perspectives on this one.
We all know how desperate we are for new strikers and how much it probably cost us again this season. The question is this, we have Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch and Roman Pavlyuchenko and let’s say for argument’s sake that we have to sell 2 and only one can stay, who would it be?
Defoe is probably on his day one of the most dangerous strikers around but this season was probably his worst season in his career. He did suffer a long-term injury but do we think he has lost it or was it a one-off bad season? There is no doubt that Defoe is a greedy little bastard but sometimes that is needed and he probably our only striker capable of creating his own chances in front of goal.
Roman Pavlyuchenko has been our most prolific striker in front of goal over the past 2-3 years with the ratio of goals to minutes on the pitch. Pav seems to be most dangerous when he comes off the bench and even if it’s only the last 10 mins will usually bag himself a goal but when he get’s 90 mins he rarely scores.
Peter Crouch is a good aerial threat but does this change the way the team plays in a negative way? Crouch had a poor season in regards to goal scoring but is a real team player and we owe a lot to him in regards to the Champions League. His red card was his lowest point this season but I think we all remember the goals he scored to get us to where we were and so forgiveness was easy for his mistake against Madrid.
There is cause to point the finger at the new formation with the introduction of Rafael Van der Vaart which seemed to affect all of our strikers goal ratios. Do 3 strikers really become that bad overnight or was the new style of play partly to blame? Having said all this I still think it’s clear we need some new firepower but if we keep one of our existing 3 strikers who would you most like to stay, Crouchy, Defoe or Pav?
I’ll let you guys pick first………