Date:Thursday May 10 2007
Many Owls fans have highlighted a striker as a key signing in the summer if Wednesday are to push on for promotion next season - but do we really need one?
I think not.
Before I start my ramblings, Brian Laws kindly shot my article out of the window on Radio Sheffield last night by revealing that he would be looking to strengthen other areas of his team, but is happy with the strikers at the club.
Nevertheless, I'll continue...
Numerous names have been mentioned in recent weeks with a move to S6, with Scunthorpe's Billy Sharp (sorry, the name has been banned on the Vital Sheffield Wednesday forums, but there was no avoiding it here!) seemingly the man a lot of people want to be their '20-goal a season' striker in the famous blue and white next season.
But we all know how limited the budget is for Mr Laws in the pre-season, no matter what's said in the press linking is with names all over the shop during the close season.
We won't have one of the biggest budgets in the league, and there are certainly more pressing areas we need to strengthen if we are to take that extra step next season.
A goalkeeper, a centre-back and a central midfielder spring to mind.
Of course, there is always room for improvement in any team, from Chelsea to Rotherham United, but with the current financial problems we still have at Hillsborough, players for those three positions will do nicely, thank you.
For the first time in years we have four, yes four players who are in double figures for the season on the goalscoring charts - quiet a feat for a team who is crying out for a so-called 20-goal a season man don't you think?
Add to that the fact that we're the fourth joint highest goalscorers in the division behind West Brom, Sunderland and Southampton, and we've not done too bad with the money available to bring the current crop of strikers in.
When we signed Burton from our neighbours Rotherham mid-way through last season I thought of it as nothing but a stop-gap, someone who would come in and do a job until the end of the season, hopefully keep us up, and then we'd dip in to the transfer market for someone better.
But now, Burton agreeing a new contract with us in the summer could well prove to be the biggest signing of the season.
He's been immense. The first half of the season saw him play superbly, but lack any kind of finish in front of goal. But the return of Marcus Tudgay from injury and the improved form of Steve Maclean has seen Deon improve ten fold in front of goal in the second half of the season and be arguably the best player of the season for some.
His signature, as well as the contract extension offered to strike partner Steve Maclean could well be all the club needs in the attacking front this pre-season.
Marcus Tudgay showed us all what he was made of with his superb goalscoring spree before Christmas and with an extended run in attack for the club could well produce it again.
Leon Clarke is very much a long-term project, but he's played his part on the odd occasion he's played for us since making the move from Wolves. Pre-season is going to be key for him, more than anyone else.
The supply that these strikers are getting is top notch. Brunt on the left and Johnson on the right, really is a match made in heaven, and Brunty staying at the club next season will be a huge bonus.
So lets stop talking about Mr Sharp, and any other '20-goal a season' striker that has done well in the lower leagues, and lets be grateful we have a great set of strikers at the club who complement each other superbly, and lets focus on more pressing areas - plugging the gaps at the back.
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Date:Thursday May 10 2007
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