This site is using cookies: We use cookies to personalise content and ads, to provide certain features and to analyse our traffic. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. If you have not used your browser settings to prevent this website from setting cookies then we consider that you have given your consent for us to use them. [More Details]

Afobe, Rhodes and foreign imports - How Birmingham City can solve their striker crisis

Birmingham Mail
18:10, Wednesday 6 December 2017
Birmingham City transfer news includes an in-depth look at how BCFC can cure their current goalscoring crisis

[www.birminghammail.co.uk]
Messages
Reply
Tweet Topic
Quote

Re: Afobe, Rhodes and foreign imports - How Birmingham City can solve their striker crisis

Le Mod replying to Birmingham Mail
18:41, Wednesday 6 December 2017
We don't have a striker crisis.
@LeMod1875
Messages
Go to top
Reply
Tweet Topic
Quote

Re: Afobe, Rhodes and foreign imports - How Birmingham City can solve their striker crisis

Freud replying to Le Mod
22:12, Wednesday 6 December 2017
We have the best non-scoring strikers since Emile Heskey.
Messages
Go to top
Reply
Tweet Topic
Quote

Re: Afobe, Rhodes and foreign imports - How Birmingham City can solve their striker crisis

LondonBlue replying to Freud
22:13, Wednesday 6 December 2017
We have an 'obsessed with being hard to beat' problem, that goes back years.
Messages
Go to top
Reply
Tweet Topic
Quote

Re: Afobe, Rhodes and foreign imports - How Birmingham City can solve their striker crisis

Le Mod replying to Freud
22:14, Wednesday 6 December 2017
We have two good forwards who don't play in their best positions and are rarely presented with any chances.
@LeMod1875
Messages
Go to top
Reply
Tweet Topic
Quote

Re: Afobe, Rhodes and foreign imports - How Birmingham City can solve their striker crisis

Freud replying to Le Mod
22:19, Wednesday 6 December 2017
Adams is pretty much our only decent striker.

Unfortunately he seems hampered still by injury and lack of match fitness.
Messages
Go to top
Reply
Tweet Topic
Quote

Re: Afobe, Rhodes and foreign imports - How Birmingham City can solve their striker crisis

Rab C Nesbitt replying to Freud
22:26, Wednesday 6 December 2017
No one knows how good our attacking players are. Apart from Blackburn, Brentford, Chelsea fans
Adams is good playing just off a striker or wide. We haven't dominated 2 halves all season
Fat Buddha - 'Rab C Nesbitt. He's a contrary fecker, but invariably right. He has his finger on the motherfecking pulse.'
Messages
Go to top
Reply
Tweet Topic
Quote

Re: Afobe, Rhodes and foreign imports - How Birmingham City can solve their striker crisis

H replying to Rab C Nesbitt
22:36, Wednesday 6 December 2017
Or for an entire calendar year (and more).

Our attacking players are good.

Our creative midfield is woeful.

You could have Lewandoski up front and he wouldn't score if you didn't create at least one chance for him.

We create nothing and exacerbate that problem by leaving our best forward and most direct threat on the bench.
3 goals scored in 9 games
Messages
Go to top
Reply
Tweet Topic
Quote

Re: Afobe, Rhodes and foreign imports - How Birmingham City can solve their striker crisis

DES replying to H
22:39, Wednesday 6 December 2017
I can only think of one cross v wolve, n’doye Headed it into a defender.
Woefull lack of supply.
Kro
Messages
Go to top
Reply
Tweet Topic
Quote

Re: Afobe, Rhodes and foreign imports - How Birmingham City can solve their striker crisis

Rab C Nesbitt replying to DES
22:42, Wednesday 6 December 2017
Yet you blame Jota.
I blame the manager
Fat Buddha - 'Rab C Nesbitt. He's a contrary fecker, but invariably right. He has his finger on the motherfecking pulse.'
Messages
Go to top
Reply
Tweet Topic
Quote

Re: Afobe, Rhodes and foreign imports - How Birmingham City can solve their striker crisis

Peter Griffins Sideboob replying to DES
22:44, Wednesday 6 December 2017
Hate to mention them but I bet if Gallagher had gone to villa he would have scored a fair few by now. Just looking at the goals he got for Blackburn last year he looks excellent, it seems we play some of the worst football in any professional league it is that bad.

Leeds away under redknapp we looked a real talented team, movement off the ball ,chances being created and a shape and style to our play.

The forwards are not the problem, our way of playing is.
When I arrive I am causing a Heatwave
Messages
Go to top
Reply
Tweet Topic
Quote

Re: Afobe, Rhodes and foreign imports - How Birmingham City can solve their striker crisis

H replying to Peter Griffins Sideboob
22:53, Wednesday 6 December 2017
Our nutter manager has bombed the only midfielder who's looked good this season and plays two lads who couldn't trap a bag of cement.

He's now got Juke as a lone forward when he has an array of attackers to choose from.

Trying really hard to get behind him but he makes some appalling decisions and is too stubborn.
3 goals scored in 9 games
Messages
Go to top
Reply
Tweet Topic
Quote

Re: Afobe, Rhodes and foreign imports - How Birmingham City can solve their striker crisis

Rab C Nesbitt replying to Peter Griffins Sideboob
22:54, Wednesday 6 December 2017
thumbs up
Fat Buddha - 'Rab C Nesbitt. He's a contrary fecker, but invariably right. He has his finger on the motherfecking pulse.'
Messages
Go to top
Reply
Tweet Topic
Quote

Re: Afobe, Rhodes and foreign imports - How Birmingham City can solve their striker crisis

Deckchair replying to Birmingham Mail
00:00, Thursday 7 December 2017
Quote
Birmingham Mail
Birmingham City transfer news includes an in-depth look at how BCFC can cure their current goalscoring crisis

[www.birminghammail.co.uk]

... by sorting the midfield.
Messages
Go to top
Reply
Tweet Topic
Quote

Re: Afobe, Rhodes and foreign imports - How Birmingham City can solve their striker crisis

Baloo replying to Freud
09:40, Thursday 7 December 2017
Juke and Gallagher scored 24 goals between them last season.
Messages
Go to top
Reply
Tweet Topic
Quote

Re: Afobe, Rhodes and foreign imports - How Birmingham City can solve their striker crisis

KC replying to Baloo
10:04, Thursday 7 December 2017
With or without chances Juke is useless. Ok he had one spell where he scored a few headers and poorly taken penalties. He has not scored for approximately 25 games !!!! Surely at the moment has to be Gallagher in the middle with Adams playing off him. Dreadful shame about what looked like a gem of a signing- Vassell. But of course as we saw in the second half Monday effort without skill is not enough with not one solitary chance being created . Still need to construct and create which is woefully missing.
Messages
Go to top
Reply
Tweet Topic
Quote

Re: Afobe, Rhodes and foreign imports - How Birmingham City can solve their striker crisis

CheswickBlue replying to KC
10:13, Thursday 7 December 2017
Juke is alright, he’ll never set the world alight but he’s effective. 12 goals last season and that includes the Zola era in which everybody was shit and we haven’t recovered from.

Adams is very good.

Vassell looks very good.

Gallagher is evidently capable based on last season.

Before blaming strikers people should probably look at the lack of creativity in midfield as to why we aren’t scoring goals.
Messages
Go to top
Reply
Tweet Topic
Quote

Re: Afobe, Rhodes and foreign imports - How Birmingham City can solve their striker crisis

Cattell Prod replying to Rab C Nesbitt
10:14, Thursday 7 December 2017
Quote
Rab C Nesbitt
No one knows how good our attacking players are. Apart from Blackburn, Brentford, Chelsea fans

This. All highly rated though
Sonic Youth fan. MBV. If you like feedback that much get a job at the council.
Messages
Go to top
Reply
Tweet Topic
Quote

Re: Afobe, Rhodes and foreign imports - How Birmingham City can solve their striker crisis

Le Mod replying to CheswickBlue
10:18, Thursday 7 December 2017
This, how many genuine chances have Gallagher, Adams and Vassell missed this season?

You can count them on one hand, Adams has been pretty clinical given he's had absolutely feck all to work with.
@LeMod1875
Messages
Go to top
Reply
Tweet Topic
Quote

Re: Afobe, Rhodes and foreign imports - How Birmingham City can solve their striker crisis

BCFC316 replying to Le Mod
10:29, Thursday 7 December 2017
Yep it’s style of play rather than personnel the problem. To be fair we had a similar problem under Rowett where we were hard to beat and did not create much.

The difference was that the players bought into this philosophy and fitter well into this way of playing. Hence results were better. I thinks someone mentioned on a different thread the fact we went from Karanka to Cotterill shows there was no set agenda from the club with regards recruitment. Similar to go from someone with Rowetts philosophy to Zolas was madness, as they are polar opposites of each other.

The next month will be vital in how we progress as these are games we should be looking to attack teams in.

I can’t help but think that some of the mentioned players would not want to come anyway. They will look at our team sheets and see that our best forwards are on the bench.
Messages
Go to top
Reply
Tweet Topic
Quote

Re: Afobe, Rhodes and foreign imports - How Birmingham City can solve their striker crisis

Spike replying to Le Mod
10:34, Thursday 7 December 2017
Quote
Le Mod
This, how many genuine chances have Gallagher, Adams and Vassell missed this season?

Or even Jutkiewicz.

Last season Jutkiewicz scored a respectable number of goals - yes, he missed a chance or few, but he was also decent enough.

This season we have honestly barely created a chance for any of them. Adams has scored a couple pretty much out of nothing. Vassell scored one and maybe had another couple he could/should have scored, Jutkiewicz scored a miracle goal at Derby and has had nothing else bar a couple of half-chances, Gallagher scored one scuffy one and has missed couple of chances - then been shunted wide.

I honestly don't get that people can't see how fecking rubbish we are at creating any kind of chances.
Messages
Go to top
Reply
Tweet Topic
Quote

Re: Afobe, Rhodes and foreign imports - How Birmingham City can solve their striker crisis

Freud replying to Spike
13:41, Thursday 7 December 2017
Yet most on here don't believe getting rid of Wurzel is the answer.
Messages
Go to top
Reply
Tweet Topic
Quote

Re: Afobe, Rhodes and foreign imports - How Birmingham City can solve their striker crisis

Magna 1,000,000 replying to Freud
13:54, Thursday 7 December 2017
It is very very hard to blame the manager when he has to resort to playing 3 centre backs because the 2 that sit in front offer absolutly 0 protection and there is nobody in the midfield bench/reserves that offer defensive cover (don't BS with Lowe because he has been injured).

Because we play 3 at the back we have to play wing backs, we have 0 players that can play wing back and whip crosses in - Colin was great until he was injured, Grounds has no competition again now that Brammall was sacked. Nsue can carry the ball but has no end product. When we have Keita and Colin/Jenkinson we will have players capable of defending then whipping balls in to the box.

The 2 in the centre have absolutly no ability to play forwards football, they have a pass accuracy of probably 20% further than 10 yards, that is why we always seem to improve when we play Gleeson but still he is limited and doens't play his great balls to the strikers, it is always sidewards.

Then you end up with players like Boga and Jota having to come to the halfway line to collect the ball themselves and then carrying it alone through a midfield and defence to lay it off to a target man who needs 10 balls at his feet before he gets one in the net.
Messages
Go to top
Reply
Tweet Topic
Quote

Re: Afobe, Rhodes and foreign imports - How Birmingham City can solve their striker crisis

BCFC316 replying to Magna 1,000,000
14:00, Thursday 7 December 2017
I don’t think we have to play 3 at the back due to our 2 midfielders at all. In fact kief shields the defence quite well. If we don’t have the players to play wing back which I agree with them we should not be playing that formation, simple.

Yep I agree kief and ndoye pass retention ain’t great which is hopefully where we will look to improve in Jan. Although think you are wrong about Gleeson as although he is far from the answer I have seen him play some great balls into the front, when he plays.

The formation and style of play should be dictated by the players you have, hence why Rowett did so well here. It seems at the moment no one knows what style of play suits us best.
Messages
Go to top
Reply
Tweet Topic
Quote
  • Handmade Turned Items
    Looking for a unique gift? Browse our website for handmade turned items.
  • Advertisement
  • Advertise your Small Business
    By becoming a SHA sponsor you can advertise your small business to thousands of Brummies for just pennies a day.
Advertise your business to thousands of Brummies »