Finishing our three part squad preview, a look at the strikers.
Looking at Wanderers’ attacking options, there is a lot of talent, and a lot of players who can have done welll in League One. There’s only one issue. None of them are proven goalscorers.
Firstly, let’s look at the summer signing Jamie Proctor. Part of Bradford’s squad last season, Phil Parkinson knows him well and assumes he can do a job. He has been handed the number nine shirt. Statistically though he has been a one goal every four games striker. He will pitch in but more of a target man who is unlikely to fire us to the league title.
The same could be said of Gary Madine. Often taking a fair wedge of the criticism last season, he looked like a regular goalscorer when Sheffield Wednesday were in League One, although that seemed to be a high point, his goals to games record taking just League One into account isn’t too much to write home about.
Could the younger players be the key? Zach Clough isn’t an out and out scorer but started scoring goals away from home at the back end of last season and the drop in division could make him.
Max Clayton just needs to play games. His last three seasons have been curtailed by injuries. Who knows what he could do if he stays fit?
We should also see more game time for the younger players. Kaiyne Woolery has a couple of first team goals, Alex Samizadeh has banged goals in for fun at youth level, while George Newell and Conor Wilkinson will hope to get games too