Holloway remains in search for striker

Ian Holloway
Ian Holloway

IAN Holloway is still on the lookout for a hitman to replace the 40 goals lost from last season.

Pool claimed a first last term when they scored more goals than any other relegated club in Premier League history, notching 55 times en route to exiting the top flight.

Forty of those goals came from DJ Campbell (13), Charlie Adam (12), Luke Varney (5), Marlon Harewood (5), Jason Puncheon (3) and David Vaughan (2) – all of whom have departed.

And despite adding a natural born marksman in Kevin Phillips over the summer, Holloway wants more firepower up front.

“When you look at the statistics – the fact we’ve lost 40 goals from last season – it hammers home how tough my job is,” said Holloway.

“If you look at the striking options I had then, I just haven’t got those now.

“We’ve added Kevin Phillips, who has already shown what he can do. He was born to score goals and he will do that all season.

“Then there’s Gary Taylor-Fletcher. He will score, as he proved yet again at Hull.

“We also have Billy Clarke and Craig Sutherland. But those two are young and untried to a large extent.

“I need someone to step up and help carry the weight of this and that’s what I’m looking for.

“But it is going to take me a while because everybody I ring up about is millions of pounds.

“I thought we had David Goodwillie and it turned out Blackburn stepped in so that was a disappointment. £2.8m. You know what I mean? That’s a lot of money.

“Nile Ranger, another one we bid big money for, didn’t even want to come and talk to us. That wasn’t even close.

“So although I have all sorts of things going round my head, the biggest worry I’ve got is goals.

“We are an attack-minded team and if we don’t take some chances that we create, then we’ll struggle.

“I’ve lost an awful lot of pace with DJ and Luke Varney going, and we’ve lost a bit of trickery with Jason Puncheon, who I thought I could get back and that hasn’t happened.”

As well as the hunt for a goalscorer, Holloway is also chasing several other players, including an attacking midfielder.

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