The final part of our player reviews is now live. Today we focus on the men who lead the line.
Four goals in four games to start the season for the French striker gave us great hope that he would adequately fill the void left by Wilfried Bony. However since that spell at the end of August to say he’s been useless would be an exaggeration. Just one league goal since and a world record set for offsides that will never be beaten its easy to say why he has frustrated the Jack Army immensely. It’s fairly obvious he doesn’t want to be here, a few players have been accused of not giving 100% this term and he’d probably be top of the list. It’d be a big surprise if he’s still at the club beyond the summer.
Regardless of what anyone says about Eder he never really had enough of an opportunity to showcase his ability. The problem is no one believes he had much ability to showcase. A couple of starts at the back end of Garry Monk’s time in charge aside he had to make do with a few limited cameos from the bench during which his lack of goal scoring instinct and contribution to build up play were there for all to see. £5 million for him always looked like a gamble and it didn’t pay off. Let’s see if Lille will give us our money back for him once the season ends.
The Italian striker is the only permanent purchase by Francesco Guidolin thus far and he has shown glimpses of promise. Purely on the basis of running himself into the ground he has to be considered better than Gomis. It’s hard to judge how prolific he can be as the service to him has been very poor and it can be no surprise he has only found the net twice in his short time at the Liberty so far. His link up play in general though has been good and I am optimistic he can be a success at the club. He may not be the answer as our number one front man though and a top striker should remain a priority.
I’m struggling to write anything here given his lack of appearances. He’s been criminally underused when you look at how poorly some of our other players have performed. I’m not saying he should have been starting but Emnes is usually worth a place on the bench as he’s more likely to make an impact than most. To his credit you never hear any grumblings from him in the media and if he’s willing to stay as a backup then no one will complain but surely he will want to move on after hardly featuring all season.
Verdict – D