As Blackburn Rovers prepare for their comeback season in the Championship, they will be eager to avoid making the mistakes that they made last time around.
One of their major failings was in front of goal as they only put away 53 opportunities. To rectify this they should be looking at veteran striker David Nugent.
As well as Premier League experience, the one-time England international has Championship pedigree. He has reached double figures six times in the second tier. Last season he was involved in 13 goals as he helped fire Derby County into the play-offs. However, as Derby are currently blessed with a plethora of capable strikers, they may be open to part with the 33-year old should the right offer come along.
In signing Nugent, Tony Mowbray would not just be adding a top-class finisher, but competition for Danny Graham. Both prefer to play at the top of Mowbray’s preferred 4-2-3-1 formation. This would also allow him to play alongside Danny Graham if Mowbray wanted to play two up front. This would create an attack with a significant amount of Championship experience.
There is a risk that this would create a slower front line. The combined age of Graham and Nugent would be 66 at the start of next season. However, as long as they are ably supported by players out wide, there is no reason why they could not continue to leave defences quivering.