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Jan 6, 2005
...would this be too late to change the course of our season?

Ok so this might seem a strange time to post this after a great performance from the lads yesterday. In the first half yesterday we had a spell where we created numerous chances and played some great football and did well to go in at the break 2-0 up.

However I can't see Simpson and Grant scoring screamers like that every game and all good sides tend to have a decent striker that you can rely on to return you at least 15 goals a season. I know this has been discussed to death on here and some people believe its a must and others don't. However for me its a must as you only have to look at sides that have done well in this league in recent seasons to back that up. Bournemouth had Brett Pitman, Peterborough had McClean, we had Freddy and Swansea had Trundle.

With the transfer window for permanent transfers closed til January it seems unlikely we'll be able to find this player until then. Yes there is still the option of loans but who is going to loan out a player capable of scoring that frequently. A Premiership youngster is one option but could we still attract those now we're in League 2?

This season's team reminds me slightly of the squad which was left after Freddy's departure. We were left with Billy Paynter and Matt Harrold up front with some good players in midfield and a half decent defence. In January we brought in Lee Barnard and James Walker and finished strongly to make the playoffs.

So what would you do if you were Sturrock? Gamble on a Prem youngster or unattached player or wait til January and see what's available then?