Searching For A Number Nine – Championship (Part One)

After covering potential Premier League targets yesterday morning, I thought I’d check out what the Championship has to offer. As expected, there are more options for us in this division, so I’ve broken the piece down into two parts as a result.

Birmingham City

Lukas Jutiewicz

Jutkiewicz, 31, is a player Wednesday fans, as well as the coaching staff, will know well. He’s a household name in the Championship, having played over three times at this level, scoring eighty goals and providing thirty assists. Under Monk at Birmingham, the left-footer netted eighteen times and set up eleven for teammates in fifty-eight outings, and was the perfect foil for Che Adams. If Wednesday were interested, it would have to be a buy, and he is Birmingham’s only out and out striker, I believe.

Blackburn Rovers

Ben Brereton

Things haven’t gone to play for Stoke born Ben Brereton since swapping Nottingham Forest for Blackburn Rovers permanently in January 2019. His goals and assists to game stats don’t look fantastic but improve when you consider he’s seen a lot of action as a substitute. I’m not sure if Brereton will be available to loan, as, beyond Sam Gallagher and Adam Armstrong, Rovers lack strikers, but he caught my eye nonetheless. And, he’s young enough reach the heights expected.

Bournemouth

Sam Surridge

Surridge, 22, is a striker who has a good amount of football league experience under his belt, after playing in League Two and the Championship. His loan spell with Swansea was cut short last season by Bournemouth, after making seven starts from twenty-three for the Welsh side. Callum Wilson recently left the Cherries to join Newcastle, and Josh King will also likely head through the exit, so Surridge is unlikely to be available unless Bournemouth recruit a couple of new faces to add to Dominic Solanke in their attacking department.

Brentford

Halil Dervisoglu

Rotterdam born striker Halil Dervisoglu joined Brentford from Sparta Rotterdam earlier this year. The Bees’ recruitment policy is always worth checking out, and they may have bagged another gem here. Dervisoglu, 20, has a good record from his time in the Netherlands, impressing at all levels for Sparta. It’s unclear what the plan is for strikers at Brentford as things stand. Ollie Watkins will leave, but Ivan Toney is in the building as his replacement already.

Marcus Forss

Marcus Forss, 21, is another Brentford striker who caught my eye. He spent some time on loan with AFC Wimbledon last season in League One, scoring an impressive eleven goals in nineteen games. Again, his situation is unknown to me, as he could well be a squad player for Thomas Frank next season to support Ivan Toney. Either way, the Finn has a small amount of senior experience in the football league and has scored a few goals as well.

Luton

James Collins

Luton’s James Collins has a wealth of experience playing in the football league. And, after making the step up to the Championship last season, he performed well, scoring fourteen goals and making three assists in a struggling side. The twenty-nine-year-old, who started forty-four from forty-six league games, is in the final year of his contract with the club, so he would need to be a buy. And, the Republic of Ireland international is Nathan Jones’ best striker.

As always, some people will take an interest in the strikers I have picked out, and others will disagree with what I’m saying. I’m aware Att Chansiri has followed Kenneth Zohore on Instagram, a player I wrote about yesterday. Still, we want two attackers, so I wanted to continue with my writing on potential targets.

Part two will be released tomorrow.

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