The transfer market is really starting to hot up but the English Premier League has seen very little action thus far in the way of Strikers.
You know, those all important game changers that make the difference between a title challenge or a Europa Spot, mid-table comfort or a relegation battle and even survival or the dreaded drop.
You only have to look at the impact of a few strikers purchased, both prior to and during, last season to evidence the difference a top Striker can make to a clubs fortunes -
- Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez became a household name bagging 20 goals in his debut European season, helping Manchester United to lift the title along the way.
- Luis Suarez looked inspired in pushing Liverpool to the brink of a European spot.
- Darren Bent saved Aston Villa from relegation. They finished 9th with Bent, if you took away Bent's goals, Villa would have gone down.
- Peter Odemwingie played a huge role in pushing West Brom away from the drop zone and into mid-table safety.
You only need look at Wigan's lack of recognised forward, which resulted in safety only being achieved on the final day of the season. In fact, Wigan were the second lowest scoring team in the EPL last season. That's something that'll have to change if they are to avoid a similar predicament this year.
The lowest scoring team were Birmingham and that earned them a one way trip back to the Championship.
Stoke, West Ham and Wigan actually failed to score in 13 league games last season. With West Ham relegated, it's pretty obvious where Stoke and Wigan's focus should be in this transfer window!
That's eight separate clubs who have finished where they did, thanks largely to a Striker or lack thereof.
This just goes to prove that one man, the right man, can really make a difference.