Peter Swan: Where will new striker fit into Hull City system?
Hull City face a tough trip to Blackpool today as they look to start 2013 in the way they ended 2012.
It is never easy heading over to Bloomfield Road, but the Tigers will go there full of confidence, of that I have no doubt.
One thing’s for certain, Steve Bruce won’t be planning on making any changes to the way his side goes about its task.
City play exactly the same home and away, they go to play football and look to score goals.
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If there is a period where they are on the back foot, City’s wide men drop back for 10 minutes or so to try and ride out the storm.
But then it’s back to trying to gain the momentum and push on.
On the opposite side, Michael Appleton will probably be looking at the City team, and how they play, and thinking about how they can contain them and stay with the Tigers.
That is a great situation to be in, but it is one we are seeing week after week because of how well City are playing.
Of course, after today's game everyone will starting looking towards who is coming in during the transfer window.
We have talked for some time now about the need to add a goal-poaching striker, someone who can be on the end of the wonderful crosses being supplied by Robbie Brady and Ahmed Elomohamady.
However, Steve Bruce will face a dilemma when it comes to picking his side, especially if he does manage to bring a player like Fraizer Campbell in.
At present, the system suits City perfect, with Robert Koren sitting in behind Sone Aluko up front.
If an out-and-out striker was brought in, how would it work in the Tigers system and who would drop out to accommodate the new man?
I’m sure Bruce will be thinking about that now.
It’s always a difficult juggling act to ensure any new addition does not disrupt the balance of a side which is playing so well, but having extra options will help.