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Talking Point: Can a striker top the Albion poll next season?

The Argus: Injury-hit Craig Mackail-Smith will be hunting for goals next season Injury-hit Craig Mackail-Smith will be hunting for goals next season

Nobody can begrudge Matt Upson being named Albion's player of the season.

He has been outstanding at the heart of the defence, a model of consistency.

But it really is about time a striker landed the prize again.

There were no genuine contenders from the front line this time.

Leo Ulloa has done well again to score 15 goals, battling alone through the middle.

The Argentinian would have been a leading candidate had it not been for his ten-week absence through injury earlier in the season.

Forwards dominated the award in the 1980's. Michael Robinson, Andy Ritchie, Dean Saunders, Terry Connor and Garry Nelson were all winners during that decade.

Mark Gall, Kurt Nogan and Gary Hart topped the poll in the 1990's but it has been dominated by defenders and midfielders since Bobby Zamora retained the crown in 2001-02.

After two part-seasons, perhaps Ulloa can redress the balance in a full campaign third time around.

Or the injury-plagued Craig Mackail-Smith in the final year of his contract or who ever Albion sign in the summer to boost their striking options. That surely has to be a priority.

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12:17pm Thu 1 May 14

JeffLomer says...

Is that the best the Argus can come up with, will a striker win player off year next year who cares!!

Give us a headline to talk about like how is Stephens and Upson injuries going will they be fit for Saturday!!
Do some work and let us some information about them players
Up the Albion!!!!
Is that the best the Argus can come up with, will a striker win player off year next year who cares!! Give us a headline to talk about like how is Stephens and Upson injuries going will they be fit for Saturday!! Do some work and let us some information about them players Up the Albion!!!! JeffLomer
  • Score: 3

12:26pm Thu 1 May 14

Smartbloke says...

Adam Virgo won Player of the Year as a striker in 2005.
Adam Virgo won Player of the Year as a striker in 2005. Smartbloke
  • Score: 5

12:44pm Thu 1 May 14

VegasSeagull says...

'Can a striker win the award,' yeah of course he can, but he will need to find the back of the net some 25 times in order to do so.
Strikers often get a few chances in every game to do what they do best where as a defender, well he might make just one mistake and we are a goal down and that could mean defeat. Strikers are forgiven their errors, defenders are not.
'Can a striker win the award,' yeah of course he can, but he will need to find the back of the net some 25 times in order to do so. Strikers often get a few chances in every game to do what they do best where as a defender, well he might make just one mistake and we are a goal down and that could mean defeat. Strikers are forgiven their errors, defenders are not. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 7

1:57pm Thu 1 May 14

twonk says...

Yes.
Yes. twonk
  • Score: 1

2:59pm Thu 1 May 14

WestStander17 says...

Yes. A fit and healthy Leo Ulloa will score 25-30 goals in this division. He would have done this year without his injury. He hasn't looked as strong since but still scored goals. Hopefully, a rest and a full pre-season will have him back to 100%.

25-30 goals would put anyone close as goalscorers stay in people's minds. Leo may have needed more than 30 to take the award ahead of the outstanding Upson this season though.
Yes. A fit and healthy Leo Ulloa will score 25-30 goals in this division. He would have done this year without his injury. He hasn't looked as strong since but still scored goals. Hopefully, a rest and a full pre-season will have him back to 100%. 25-30 goals would put anyone close as goalscorers stay in people's minds. Leo may have needed more than 30 to take the award ahead of the outstanding Upson this season though. WestStander17
  • Score: 2

5:43pm Thu 1 May 14

dave from bexill says...

WestStander17 wrote:
Yes. A fit and healthy Leo Ulloa will score 25-30 goals in this division. He would have done this year without his injury. He hasn't looked as strong since but still scored goals. Hopefully, a rest and a full pre-season will have him back to 100%.

25-30 goals would put anyone close as goalscorers stay in people's minds. Leo may have needed more than 30 to take the award ahead of the outstanding Upson this season though.
Surely for Leo or any striker to score 25/30 goals for us, our system will need to change somewhat, Just my opinion of course
[quote][p][bold]WestStander17[/bold] wrote: Yes. A fit and healthy Leo Ulloa will score 25-30 goals in this division. He would have done this year without his injury. He hasn't looked as strong since but still scored goals. Hopefully, a rest and a full pre-season will have him back to 100%. 25-30 goals would put anyone close as goalscorers stay in people's minds. Leo may have needed more than 30 to take the award ahead of the outstanding Upson this season though.[/p][/quote]Surely for Leo or any striker to score 25/30 goals for us, our system will need to change somewhat, Just my opinion of course dave from bexill
  • Score: 3

5:56pm Thu 1 May 14

WestStander17 says...

dave from bexill wrote:
WestStander17 wrote:
Yes. A fit and healthy Leo Ulloa will score 25-30 goals in this division. He would have done this year without his injury. He hasn't looked as strong since but still scored goals. Hopefully, a rest and a full pre-season will have him back to 100%.

25-30 goals would put anyone close as goalscorers stay in people's minds. Leo may have needed more than 30 to take the award ahead of the outstanding Upson this season though.
Surely for Leo or any striker to score 25/30 goals for us, our system will need to change somewhat, Just my opinion of course
He has 15. He missed 10 weeks. He wasn't as sharp after the injury. He has missed a fair few chances. Don't think its out of the question. What do you feel would need to change?
[quote][p][bold]dave from bexill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WestStander17[/bold] wrote: Yes. A fit and healthy Leo Ulloa will score 25-30 goals in this division. He would have done this year without his injury. He hasn't looked as strong since but still scored goals. Hopefully, a rest and a full pre-season will have him back to 100%. 25-30 goals would put anyone close as goalscorers stay in people's minds. Leo may have needed more than 30 to take the award ahead of the outstanding Upson this season though.[/p][/quote]Surely for Leo or any striker to score 25/30 goals for us, our system will need to change somewhat, Just my opinion of course[/p][/quote]He has 15. He missed 10 weeks. He wasn't as sharp after the injury. He has missed a fair few chances. Don't think its out of the question. What do you feel would need to change? WestStander17
  • Score: 2

6:33pm Thu 1 May 14

Gaz the great says...

I believe from the games i've watched this season that Matthew would walk it, however as for Leonard, maybe next season as he is an exciting prospect & goal scorer. It's been one of Matt's best ever seasons since his early days & hope he will be a part of next seasons retained squad!
I believe from the games i've watched this season that Matthew would walk it, however as for Leonard, maybe next season as he is an exciting prospect & goal scorer. It's been one of Matt's best ever seasons since his early days & hope he will be a part of next seasons retained squad! Gaz the great
  • Score: 2

7:49pm Thu 1 May 14

Neville says...

Once we actually sign a striker then who knows.
Once we actually sign a striker then who knows. Neville
  • Score: 0

8:37am Fri 2 May 14

dave from bexill says...

WestStander17 wrote:
dave from bexill wrote:
WestStander17 wrote:
Yes. A fit and healthy Leo Ulloa will score 25-30 goals in this division. He would have done this year without his injury. He hasn't looked as strong since but still scored goals. Hopefully, a rest and a full pre-season will have him back to 100%.

25-30 goals would put anyone close as goalscorers stay in people's minds. Leo may have needed more than 30 to take the award ahead of the outstanding Upson this season though.
Surely for Leo or any striker to score 25/30 goals for us, our system will need to change somewhat, Just my opinion of course
He has 15. He missed 10 weeks. He wasn't as sharp after the injury. He has missed a fair few chances. Don't think its out of the question. What do you feel would need to change?
I love watching Leo play and believe him to have been a massive signing for us and I broadly agree that he could score 25+ goals next season. What I hope is that Oscar continues to set out the team next season using a player like Lingard "in the hole" to complement Leo's style. Although Leo may not have been quite as effective following his lengthy lay off, I thought in general he looked a better player in a two and felt he and Lingard were developing a good understanding, complementing each others style of play. Not only do both players have their own high levels of skill, but both are hard workers all over the pitch. I'd love to seem them have a full season together.
[quote][p][bold]WestStander17[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dave from bexill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WestStander17[/bold] wrote: Yes. A fit and healthy Leo Ulloa will score 25-30 goals in this division. He would have done this year without his injury. He hasn't looked as strong since but still scored goals. Hopefully, a rest and a full pre-season will have him back to 100%. 25-30 goals would put anyone close as goalscorers stay in people's minds. Leo may have needed more than 30 to take the award ahead of the outstanding Upson this season though.[/p][/quote]Surely for Leo or any striker to score 25/30 goals for us, our system will need to change somewhat, Just my opinion of course[/p][/quote]He has 15. He missed 10 weeks. He wasn't as sharp after the injury. He has missed a fair few chances. Don't think its out of the question. What do you feel would need to change?[/p][/quote]I love watching Leo play and believe him to have been a massive signing for us and I broadly agree that he could score 25+ goals next season. What I hope is that Oscar continues to set out the team next season using a player like Lingard "in the hole" to complement Leo's style. Although Leo may not have been quite as effective following his lengthy lay off, I thought in general he looked a better player in a two and felt he and Lingard were developing a good understanding, complementing each others style of play. Not only do both players have their own high levels of skill, but both are hard workers all over the pitch. I'd love to seem them have a full season together. dave from bexill
  • Score: 0

8:38am Fri 2 May 14

dave from bexill says...

WestStander17 wrote:
dave from bexill wrote:
WestStander17 wrote:
Yes. A fit and healthy Leo Ulloa will score 25-30 goals in this division. He would have done this year without his injury. He hasn't looked as strong since but still scored goals. Hopefully, a rest and a full pre-season will have him back to 100%.

25-30 goals would put anyone close as goalscorers stay in people's minds. Leo may have needed more than 30 to take the award ahead of the outstanding Upson this season though.
Surely for Leo or any striker to score 25/30 goals for us, our system will need to change somewhat, Just my opinion of course
He has 15. He missed 10 weeks. He wasn't as sharp after the injury. He has missed a fair few chances. Don't think its out of the question. What do you feel would need to change?
I love watching Leo play and believe him to have been a massive signing for us and I broadly agree that he could score 25+ goals next season. What I hope is that Oscar continues to set out the team next season using a player like Lingard "in the hole" to complement Leo's style. Although Leo may not have been quite as effective following his lengthy lay off, I thought in general he looked a better player in a two and felt he and Lingard were developing a good understanding, complementing each others style of play. Not only do both players have their own high levels of skill, but both are hard workers all over the pitch. I'd love to seem them have a full season together.
[quote][p][bold]WestStander17[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dave from bexill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WestStander17[/bold] wrote: Yes. A fit and healthy Leo Ulloa will score 25-30 goals in this division. He would have done this year without his injury. He hasn't looked as strong since but still scored goals. Hopefully, a rest and a full pre-season will have him back to 100%. 25-30 goals would put anyone close as goalscorers stay in people's minds. Leo may have needed more than 30 to take the award ahead of the outstanding Upson this season though.[/p][/quote]Surely for Leo or any striker to score 25/30 goals for us, our system will need to change somewhat, Just my opinion of course[/p][/quote]He has 15. He missed 10 weeks. He wasn't as sharp after the injury. He has missed a fair few chances. Don't think its out of the question. What do you feel would need to change?[/p][/quote]I love watching Leo play and believe him to have been a massive signing for us and I broadly agree that he could score 25+ goals next season. What I hope is that Oscar continues to set out the team next season using a player like Lingard "in the hole" to complement Leo's style. Although Leo may not have been quite as effective following his lengthy lay off, I thought in general he looked a better player in a two and felt he and Lingard were developing a good understanding, complementing each others style of play. Not only do both players have their own high levels of skill, but both are hard workers all over the pitch. I'd love to seem them have a full season together. dave from bexill
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