Burnley have been struggling to find goals so far in the Premier League this season, although Danny Ings scoring twice against Stoke City was the first sign of a possible end to goal-shy Burnley’s fortunes.
But after going six games in a row without scoring a goal earlier on in the campaign it’s no secret that The Clarets could do with another goalscorer. However, Burnley don’t quite have the funds to battle off other Premier League teams, so they must go down to the Championship and take a few risks on possible players.
In Danny Ings they have a prolific scorer at that level and he is beginning to prove that he can make the step up. They’d like that to happen again with a new signing in January – but who can they sign?
Born in Zaire, the powerful striker began his football career with Watford. However it was at Peterborough United where Britt showed that he had a true scoring touch. He has only recently moved to Nottingham Forest on a 5-year deal but the power of the Premier League can prize players away.
Assombalonga was signed for a hefty £5m initial fee which could rise up to £8m, certainly not cheap for a Championship player. If Burnley could scrape the barrel they could convince the true goalscorer to sign for them. He has 11 goals so far in just 18 league appearances for Forest and at 21-years-old he’s certainly an exciting prospect.
Perhaps too pricey for Burnley, but can you put a price on goals?
Another true goalscorer in the lower leagues, and yet still waiting for a chance to ply his trade in the Premier League. After Rhodes signed for Blackburn Rovers for a fee of £8m he has continued the fine goalscoring form that he showed with his previous club of Huddersfield Town.
Now 24, surely Jordan is looking to test himself at the highest level? He’s approaching the same amount of league appearances that he made for Huddersfield with Blackburn and a move away could be possible if somebody is willing to pay the price.
Of course signing any player from the Championship is a gamble, but a poacher-type goalscorer can usually transfer their skills across the divisions.
Rhodes has seven more goals to his name so far this campaign and he doesn’t look like slowing down. A costly buy again, but still an investment at 24-years-old.
Blackburn’s top goalscorer this season has been in fine form with 10 goals in 16 appearances. The Frenchman stands at 6’4″ and could be a beneficial target man for Burnley. Of course the rivalry between the two sides will threaten any deal between the two (the same goes for Rhodes) but once again, the power of the Premier League is strong.
Gestede played a minor part in Cardiff’s relegation season from the Premier League but was initially loaned out to Blackburn. After signing a permanent deal with Blackburn he has found a fine scoring touch and has scored 20 goals in 34 league appearances, quite a fantastic record.
He could benefit Ings with a target man to play alongside and perhaps wouldn’t be as costly as the other two. The rivalry would be the main thing that stands in the way but the Frenchman may not care too much about the East-Lancashire derby.