In this article we look at potential signings (in our opinion), who could bolster the City squad, adding more of a goal threat to the side. It could be argued that City haven’t had an ‘out and out’ goalscorer for quite a few years now. The goals left by the Bothroyd-Chopra partnership were never properly replaced. Frazier Campbell would have been a threat in the Championship, if he didn’t jump ship after relegation. He showed as much in the second half of our promtion season, when he joined from Sunderland. Using his pace to terrorise back lines, but also having that clinical finishing ability for this level. His dink over then Bristol City keeper, Tom Heaton, springs to mind. Here are 3 players Warnock could like to sign in the summer transfer window:
1. Josh Morris, Midfielder, Scunthorpe United
Signed by Scunthorpe from Bradford City in June 2016 on a free, Morris has been somewhat of a revelation for Scunthorpe, banging in 17 goals in 27 appearances to date (09/02/17). The Scunthorpe goal machine has won player of the month for August and September, and has also recently been nominated for player of the month for February, too. At only 25 years old, and with the season he is having, City would obviously face competition from other clubs for his signature. He seems like the sort of player that could be in Warnock’s price range. Although, there is a decent chance that Morris could be playing Championship football next season anyway, as Scunthorpe currently sit 2nd in League 1, 7 points ahead of 3rd placed Bolton.
2. James Vaughan, Striker, Bury
James Vaughan, now at 28 years of age, and playing his trade at a struggling Bury side. The Birmingham born frontman, only left the blue half of Birmingham in 2016, to sign for ‘The Shakers’. He found his chances at Birmingham few and far between, making only 15 appearances in a short spell, and not finding the back of the net once. Bury took a punt on the out of form striker, and it has paid off. He has found the net 16 times this season in 21 appearances. An impressive stat. He is Bury’s best hope for survival this season, as the shakers currently sit 22nd in League 1. You would think Warnock would be able to sign Vaughan at a snip price, due to him not being a youngster in footballing terms, and the current on the field situation Bury find themselves in.
3. John Akinde, Striker, Barnet
John Akinde is at the right end of the goal scoring charts in League 2 this season, having scored 19 goals in 28 appearances, currently averaging a goal every 137 minutes. This singing would be most a risk and punt than the former players mentioned in the article, due to the fact he playing his trade two divisions below, however, it might be a risk worth taking. Akinde signed for Barnet in 2014, from Alfreton Town. He has scored a total of 73 goals in 116 appearances for ‘The Bees’. He found the net 23 times in League 2 last season, and an extremely impressive 32 times the season before, in the National League. With those sort of statistics, it’s a surprise that a club playing at a higher level have not already taken a punt on the big striker. Wigan Athletic recently brought in free scoring Grimsby Town striker, Omar Bogol, from League 2. He has settled in quickly at the DW Stadium, scoring two goals against Norwich City on his first start, earning the Latics a 2-2 draw. This shows that players can make the jump up of two divisions a smooth one, and continue their goal scoring form. Akinde is 27 years old. Surely he is worth a punt City fans?