View Full Version : Dahl: Desperately seeking strikers

22-08-2008, 02:17 PM
Last season Neil Warnock famously said that when Jamie Scowcroft plays, Palace play. When he has a day off, the Eagles have a day off.

Palace failing to score in their first two league games, with Scowie having missed a full pre-season's conditioning is not coincidence.

The friendly scorelines and a cursory perusal of Palace's available strikers mean that no one is surprised that the Eagles are struggling to burst the net.

With Warnock sticking with 4-3-3, for now, Scowcroft is the most important piece on his chessboard. Scowcroft not firing on all cylinders weakens Palace, whoever's played on the flanks.

Is there too much pressure on the East Anglian? "Slowie", as he's affectionately known, has been winning headers to little consequence.

The fluency of the front three at the end of last season has not been replicated.

Warnock's use of four separate widemen in the two league games is a clear sign he's struggling to find a winning formula.

Scowcroft as the pivot also means an uncomfortable amount of high balls up to the centre forward which is upsetting many of the fans.

His Blades sides always played with pace and width; wingers were at the fore, with a regular rotation of forwards scoring goals whether or not there was one frequent scorer.

Warnock had talented midfielders at Bramall Lane and he's using the same template here.

Rumours are again linking Colchester's Mark Yeates with a move to SE25, which would make three wingers arriving in the past fortnight.
This would leave Warnock with an embarrassment of wide riches and a costly void in the centre.

So a below-par, but still working his socks off, Scowie, and a rotation in the wide positions has seen Palace flounder in front of goal.

Will Warnock revert to type and return to his tried and trusted 4-4-2? Even having recently attracted John Oster on the promise of a front three?

The simple answer to the conundrum is to bring in a striker; either now, or to evolve into, a goalscorer. If only life was that simple.

Palace's travails at bringing in a frontman since dispensing with Clinton Morrison have been well documented.

The word is that Warnock fancied Chris Iwelumo, now on fire at Wolves, but that the deal fell through as Simon Jordan's mobile phone was off at a key point in the talks.

Only those involved know the truth of that, but with the likes of Bristol City, Coventry City and Nottingham Forest able to outbid our club for the top strikers it's led to an uncomfortable impasse.

Until some players are sold Palace will struggle to bankroll a deal for a major player.

Until then goals will be hard to come


22-08-2008, 02:48 PM
Incisive analysis

22-08-2008, 02:58 PM
Originally posted by UEAgle
Incisive analysis

Credit where it's due, that really made me laugh.

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