With our lack of striking power its been normal for many to voice their opinions as to who should get the axe come summer.
Modibo Maiga has been one of these names, and for me, unfairly so. The Mali international hasn’t had any big chances to show us what he can do, however when played has shown he has got potential.
Come summer I would love to sign Andy Carroll permanently, and bring Maiga from the bench. Maiga has shown in all of his starts he has finishing ability, proving so against Chelsea and Southampton earlier in the season.
As well as a good team, manager, stadium etc. A good squad in terms in depth is also essential, and therefore we shouldn’t sell Maiga.
How can a team of our calibre push forward with one or two decent strikers? Look at Manchester United, they have Robin Van Persie and Rooney with Welbeck – although average – and even Hernandez.
We have a good team, what we lack, is depth, and that has been revealed with our recent injury problems. What we need is back-up players, players we can call upon when someone else gets injured.
We need to keep the likes of Maiga and maybe even Ricardo Vaz Te. Players like Vaz Te can offer Matthew Jarvis or Joe Cole a rest when we play weaker teams, say in the League Cup etc.
The way forward is bringing in talent whilst keeping hold of it, and that’s what we must do with Maiga. For me, he is underrated and can use his pace, skill and finish to grab a deadly last minute goal when we need it.