Monsieur Salut writes: what strikers want to do is score goals. The best of them, like Brian Clough, Kevin Phillips and Jermain Defoe among our greats, also have a selfish streak. Above all, they want their names on the scoresheet.
Lewis Grabban usually has no one to pass to anyway. But his tally in a miserable Sunderland season must make him, overall, a happy man. He is not bought but borrowed and he is also fully aware other clubs are casting an eye in his direction.
Could Chris Coleman make him happy enough to resist others? Would it help if Coleman had just enough financial leeway to bring in another quality player to feature alongside him – even if only sometimes – and offer the knock-ons, the head-downs, the feints and the rest of a good footballer’s tricks and especially if his partner upfront happened to be great in the air, which Grabban is not?
Salut! Sunderland may have unearthed such a player, who could offer SAFC a strike partnership at least reminiscent of Quinn-Phillips even though the one I have in mind would pair two six-footers.
Step forward Jozy Altidore.
Could Chris Coleman be the manager to draw out of Jozy what predecessors couldn’t.
Look at Jozy’s play as he helped Toronto to victors in the MLS league cup final against Seattle Sounders. Not just the well-taken goal but the power and skill he added to Toronto’s attacks.
Yes, I realise he probably wouldn’t come back even if we wanted him. But watching the clip you’ll find below, I couldn’t help thinking back to what we briefly had from Victor Anichebe.
And trust me when I say Jozy’s touches of class will have been appreciated by at least two Toronto Mackems.
Bill Taylor drew my attention to his “other club’s” success, saying: “Great goal from Altidore. It was a Toronto-Seattle final last year, too. Seattle basically parked the bus in front of the goal, forced a scoreless tie and won it on penalty kicks. So last night was doubly sweet.”
And I would be surprised if Martin Bates wasn’t also chuffed.
I’ve saved the clip for last…