Peter Swan: Hull City must sign goal-poacher to ensure they have promotion fire-power
THE only issue of concern at present for Steve Bruce will be that of his strikers and how they have dried up in terms of goals.
It is being much talked about at present, and Saturday's win at Forest will have surely brought confirmation for the boss that he has to dip into the market in January to solve the problem.
Bruce said during midweek that he wanted the strikers currently at the club to go out and show him that he didn't need to spend in the window.
But when Sone Aluko was ruled out through injury, the manager was left with few options, particularly as he will have wanted to keep the same style as against Palace last Tuesday.
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What we saw was the manger opt for Aaron Mclean in the role in which he was effectively up front alone, ahead of Robert Koren.
Mclean, as always, gave his all, but it didn't really work and he was feeding off scraps.
Bruce obviously doesn't fancy either Jay Simpson or Nick Proschwitz at the moment, and with Matty Fryatt out for the season, that means his hands are tied, especially if Aluko is not available.
We saw last season that when the going got tough after the festive period, City didn't have enough fire-power up front to score the goals needed.
At least this season, they are creating plenty of chances, with 17 shots on target against Crystal Palace in midweek.
I am sure that despite what he has said recently, Bruce will be desperate to add some fire-power to his frontline, and I expect this to be his top priority when the window opens.
If City could add a goal-poacher to their side, they wouldn't be far off having the complete team.
I already think they are stronger than the 2008 promotion-winning side in all areas but this.