Birmingham City's attacking options
Ahead of the 2013/14 season, here's a look at the attacking options Lee Clark has at his disposal
Birmingham City manager Lee Clark will be hopeful that his side's abundance of attacking firepower will be enough to gain promotion in the 2013/14 campaign.
Clark's Birmingham squad currently contains five senior strikers in Nikola Zigic, Lee Novak, Matt Green, Marlon King and Peter Lovenkrands. However, the latter two are transfer-listed and could potentially leave anytime soon on a free transfer. That leaves just three forwards if high-earners King and Lovenkrands are to depart St Andrew's.
Also, with Akwasi Asante out on-loan at Shrewsbury, it came as a surprise to many when Clark stated he was not after another striker, especially after a 3-5-2 set-up appears to be the manager's formation of choice.
The obvious first-choice forward would be former Serbia captain Zigic. The 6ft8in man comes under-fire for his inconsistent performances partnered with his hefty wage, rumoured to be around £60,000 per-week.
Although, I am a fan of the giant Serb. He has a genuine knack of scoring important goals and when on form can be almost unplayable, highlighted by his four-goal haul at Elland Road in 2012.
Another player that is likely to be a regular starter is new signing Novak. Clark managed the Newcastle-born attacker whilst at Huddersfield, and the recent addition has played well so far in pre-season under his former, and now current, boss.
Although, Novak doesn't have a reputation as a regular goal-scorer, rather a typical hardworking English forward, the type of player that is becoming rare in the game nowadays. But with the right service he could prove a real asset to Blues.
The other newly-signed striker is Green, who arrived from Mansfield Town on a free transfer. He has a fantastic goal-scoring record at non-league level and refused offers from a number of Football League teams to join Birmingham.
Despite the fact that the Bath-born forward has never found the net regularly at this level, he has the instincts of a natural goal-scorer, provided he has a run of games in the first-team he could become a shrewd signing by Clark.
Both King and Lovenkrands have been made availible for free transfers by Blues, but there's hasn't been much interest in either of them as of yet if speculation is to be believed, and both could still be at St Andrew's for the forthcoming season.
It appears that Clark has effectively ruled both forwards out of the first-team squad, so the possible issue of not including King, the club's top goal-scorer for the last two seasons, could be a controversial one.
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