Since the departure of our previous number 9, Chris Wood, we have struggled this season to pick our out-and-out striker, chopping and changing our top man quite frequently, mainly due to poor form or injury/illness. Which begs the question, who is the most sustainable option to have an almost guaranteed start every week? PAS investigates.
The German loan-ee made quite the statement after walking through the doors of Elland Road, scoring a brace in his first game for the whites in our 5-0 decimation of struggling Burton Albion. However since then he has scored three goals, 1 in each of our matches against Ipswich, Bristol and Derby. He is joint top scorer with our main man Samuel Saiz and our high-flying maestro Gjianni Alioski, all on 5 goals a piece. Now this isn’t a bad stat to have under his belt, especially having only being at the club for a matter of months, and his debut certainly put great expectations into the heart of the fans. The 25 year old has been missing in action, not even on the bench, since we returned from the international break. News says the German man has been MIA due to illness and is unfit to play and I’m in eager anticipation to see where he falls in the team once he’s 100% fit, it will all depend on how Ekuban does whilst in the role. As I said in my first article, he needs to work on his involvement in build up play aswell as just finishing, as we’ve seen Ekuban doing. The Barnsley defence didn’t get a break with him chasing the ball everywhere it went, which is what i want to see Lasogga doing. Not necessarily winning the ball, but putting pressure on the opposition defence.
The young Ghanaian is yet to open his account in the League, but he has however scored one goal, a rather good goal, in our 4-1 cup win vs Port Vale. He may not have scored in the league, however he does show great potential. The thing I like most about this lad is that he wants to be on the ball. I’ve said it twice and I’ll say it again, his performance against Barnsley showed us he has a lot of energy and wants to contribute to the build up as well as the finish. He has been unlucky on some occasions in front of goal but he’s a player I want to see more of none the less. If i could say one thing he could work on I’d say his finishing but that’s a given for a player yet to score, as for his effort and work rate, impossible to criticise.
Our final man on the list and definitely the most tricky to say, Since signing from Oxford last year, he has been a man regularly appearing in the squad both this season and last season, where he was mainly seen on the flank rather than the top of the park. However listening to recent interviews with young Englishman, he seems very adamant to play as a striker. Do I believe he’s good enough to play striker? Yes. Do I think he will be TC’s first choice? No. He is a good player, very quick and skilful, but I think he played very well in his wider position he played last season rather than up top. If Roofe wants to be playing football he may have to settle for a wider role, it all depends on how bothered and heart-set he is on being our front man.
(Honourable mention) Jay-Roy Grot
Grot is yet to bind with the fans, looking kind of lacklustre in his first few games for the Whites, but i have realised in the past few matches (when he has played) that his effort and energy has moved up a level. The 19 year old came on for a matter of minutes against Barnsley and had a surging forward run and had a very notable effort, which makes me want to see more of the dutch man in coming games, perhaps coming on for more than a few minutes at the end of every game.I think he’s a very interesting player and I don’t quite know why.
Who do you think our main forward should be? Let us know in the comments.