Spending on strikers

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Brownie

Player Valuation: £70m


Just a bit of fun in response to our chronic lack of goalscorers in the last few years. How much have we spent on strikers in recent times?

Since the appointment of Walter Smith it's been this:

Traore LOAN
Kone 5m
Lukaku LOAN
Naismith FREE
Jelavic 4m
Donovan LOAN
Stracqualursi LOAN
Vellios NOMINAL
Beckford FREE
Jo LOAN
Saha FREE
Yakubu 11.25m
Jutkiewicz 1m
Johnson 8.6m
Spencer NOMINAL
Beattie 6m
Bent NOMINAL
Jeffers LOAN
McFadden 1.25m
McBride LOAN
Radzinski 4.5m
Ferguson 3.75m
Max-Moore FREE
Campbell 3m
Bakayoko 4.5m

So since Yak in 2007, we've spent less than 10million on strikers. Previous to this we paid reasonable fees for strikers at the time, not huge but clear investment in the top end of the pitch. We know that we've never really spent any money under Kenwright, and there have been explanations of why the signings dried up in general, but why the move away from signing strikers? Are they just too expensive? Is it because we only ever play one striker so we don't need so many? Is it any surprise that we've never looked particularly threatening in the final third during this period? Are Goat and chico similar to Beavis and Butthead?
 

Bluesnapper

Player Valuation: £8m
Have no fear.

Dont forget the cash we banked over the summer plus the £25 million more Elstone said last week was coming into the club next season.
 

dannyboy

Player Valuation: £70m
Hit the nail on the head when you said they're too expensive.

Never understood the way people berated Moyes for his strikers, can't remember the last player to hit 20 goals who cost under £10m.
 

Brownie

Player Valuation: £70m
Hit the nail on the head when you said they're too expensive.

Never understood the way people berated Moyes for his strikers, can't remember the last player to hit 20 goals who cost under £10m.
RVP probably. Benteke got 19.
 

Del

Ric Wee fan club member 2014
This is why we will always be outside the top 5

Spurs/Liverpool/Utd/Chelsea/Arsenal/Chelsea can all go out and spend 20m plus on a striker

Goals win games and the best goal scorers cost money
 

SteKelly

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This is why we will always be outside the top 5

Spurs/Liverpool/Utd/Chelsea/Arsenal/Chelsea can all go out and spend 20m plus on a striker

Goals win games and the best goal scorers cost money
You need your winger to chip in as well. Pienaar has 1 goal.
 

dannyboy

Player Valuation: £70m
Michu got 18, Bale 21.
Fair enough on Benteke and Michu but even both of them have struggled this year.

Unless you pull off an absolute gem in the market you aren't going to be signing a striker who slots on a regular basis. We've done alright with the players we've bought, got about as much out of them as you can expect.
 

Brownie

Player Valuation: £70m
We bought Beattie, Johnson and Yak on the back of them being amongst the top goalscorers in the league at times, so we did try to an extent back then. Now it's loans, frees and cheapos all the way.
 

Bigmaclad

No mate
It's frustrating because it feels like we're always a top top striker from doing any substantial over the season, we get so far but then we just can't seem to kill teams off.

The last two league games are a testament to that!
 

Roztitute

Player Valuation: £70m
It's frustrating because it feels like we're always a top top striker from doing any substantial over the season, we get so far but then we just can't seem to kill teams off.

The last two league games are a testament to that!
Absolutely.
 
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