Strikers often command the highest transfer fees and wages in football because they’re predominantly the ones who will score the goals to win matches.
Although it is more difficult in modern football for teams to accommodate a goal poacher in the mould of Gary Lineker, the value of a genuine goalscorer to a club is undeniable which is why several transfers involving strikers have already been conducted in the Championship, the biggest of which are now to be discussed.
It’s approaching three weeks since Rotherham United achieved promotion in a dramatic Wembley shootout, yet they have wasted no time in their summer recruitment, with five signings already confirmed including two strikers.
Matt Derbyshire signed on a two-year contract after his release from Nottingham Forest, where he was largely disappointing in his three-year spell at the City Ground, aside from the end of last season when given a sustained run in the team under Gary Brazil.
The Millers also broke their transfer record to purchase Jordan Bowery, a young striker who failed to establish himself in his two years at Aston Villa. A statement of intent has certainly been made by manager Steve Evans and chairman Tony Stewart, and they will be hoping the new strikers can score the goals to keep the club progressing.
Although Cardiff City had a bid accepted and numerous other clubs were reported to have expressed an interest, Norwich City won the race to sign to Lewis Grabban from Championship rivals AFC Bournemouth in early June.
Scoring an impressive 22 goals as Bournemouth almost gatecrashed the play-offs only a year after promotion from League One, Norwich will hope their new £3 million striker can provide more firepower for a team which scored the fewest goals in the Premiership last season; only 28 goals in 38 games despite spending close to £15 million on strikers Hooper and Van Wolfswinkel.
Nottingham Forest finally got their man earlier in the week when Matty Fryatt signed on a three-year contract from FA Cup finalists Hull City.
Consistently linked to the City Ground during his spells at both Leicester City and Hull, Fryatt has scored plenty of goals at League One and Championship level, and could be the 20-goal striker Forest have been searching since David Johnson and Marlon Harewood both achieved the landmark in Paul Hart’s young Reds team of the ‘02/03 season.
It is unlikely Fryatt will be the only striker to arrive on Trentside this summer, with the club still hopeful of signing 22-year-old Lars Veldwijk and being linked with a move for free agent Nathan Delfouneso amongst others.
Although it seems Frazier Campbell is departing for Premier League new boys Leicester, Cardiff City are another team who have added strikers to their squad as they try and mount a promotion push for the coming season.
Adam Le Fondre gained a reputation of being a super-sub at Reading, but will be looking to forge a potent partnership with either Manchester United graduate Federico Macheda, who scored 10 goals at a better ratio of one in two for a struggling Birmingham City, or Javi Guerra, an unknown quantity in England but an experienced forward who has scored goals in La Liga. Guerra’s impressive heading ability in particular will make opposition teams wary for the coming season.