Interesting start for Gary and plenty to work on. (©PAphotos)
With nine league games played United have only managed to score five times. These goals have in fact been crucial in delivering our 11 league points so far with three 1-0 victories and two highly credible 1-1 draws at both Forest and Cardiff.
However, being a fan, you cant help thinking that if the opposition muster a goal themselves we are not going to get much out of the game with our lack of fire power.
Whilst both Ched Evans and Richard Cresswell have managed two goals each they will be the first to admit that they have not been in prolific form. Our only other league goal was an outstanding strike from loanee defender Alex Calve and this was a bolt out of the blue.
The loss of Darius Henderson was a huge blow but the fact that the midfield and the rest of the team have not contributed is equally worrying. Strikers do suffer from lack of form and this is when the rest of the squad need to contribute more.
Unfortunately football matches are won by scoring goals and at the moment we are unable to do this. We do not want this to continue too much longer.
Our two home goals is the least amount in the whole division and our overall total of five is the lowest scoring return in the Championship.
United’s defence have been pretty solid this season, with the exceptions of the QPR and Scunthorpe games, so our lowly position of 18th can only be down to our lack of goals.
Gary Speed will be unable to make any meaningful signings this side of Christmas and clubs, I am sure, will be unwilling to let their prolific strikers leave in any case. Strikers are the players who win matches and ultimately promotions for clubs. That is why they are generally the players who are paid the most. We are basically stuck with the strikers we have.
Injuries have not helped Speed’s cause, particularly those to Henderson and Daniel Bogdanovic, but on a brighter note the chances are being created and an impressive, lively performance at Forest in midweek gives hope for the future.
The return of Bogdanovic may well give the support that Cresswell and Evans need.
Speed and his players are actually playing a much brighter brand of football and we, as fans, can see this. We need to have patience and hope that they can develop the cutting edge that some of their football deserves.
Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.