Bristol City are set for a very busy summer as Nigel Pearson looks to build a squad that is capable of challenging in the top half of the Championship.
Whilst fans will argue that several positions need strengthening, there’s no denying that a striker will have to be a priority, as the Robins are lacking quality and depth up top.
And, Bristol Live have revealed that Stoke City’s Sam Vokes has been offered to Pearson. Even though the update states a deal is unlikely right now, they do claim that it’s an option that could be revisited further down the line.
However, here we outline THREE reasons why the Robins should not bring the 31-year-old to Ashton Gate…
He has struggled for some time
Firstly, you have to say that Vokes’ goal record is hugely concerning, as he failed to score in 30 appearances last season, but the majority were from the bench.
In total, he has managed five in his last 66 appearances for the Potters in the league. Obviously, that’s an abysmal return and even though the former Wolves man does have more to his game, Pearson needs a striker that will get him goals.
He’s not the long-term answer
At 31, Vokes is also not the long-term answer for the Robins.
It should be pointed out that the target man has had a very good career, performing and making an impact in the top-flight, but those days feel a long time ago.
Another worry would be his fitness issues, which have held him back this season. All in all, Pearson should be trying to build a project at Bristol City and he needs to think about the future when signing players.
There are better options out there
Finally, it’s not like there are no strikers out there.
The current climate means that it’s a buyers market right now, so Pearson should be able to speak to contacts to find good options, even if he is working on a budget.
The Robins are a club that should be able to attract much better than an outcast from a fellow Championship club.