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I'm not totally dismissing Jamie Mackie as a starter, but there has to be some ground rules if he is on that team sheet.
Mackie is one of the players who always puts 100 percent into his performances, but he is no good being used as an out and out striker in the Premier League.
Mackie played the second 45 minutes of the Southampton game—his first action since starting against Reading at the beginning of the month. However, despite all of his hard work, he created zero chances, had no shots and made only one forward pass (via FourFourTwo Stats Zone App).
That's not exactly the form you are looking for from a forward.
If Hughes is to play Mackie, it must be as a midfielder. Otherwise, he can run and run as much as he likes, but he will not have any impact on the game.
The question is, who should be up front?