29 October 2012

Cureton's Goals Sparing Grecian Blushes

He may be 37 and well into the 'twilight' of his career, but Jamie Cureton's goals are as important as ever.

The ever-reliable veteran forward has always known where the back of the net is, and that's a relief considering City's other forwards haven't exactly been forthcoming with goals this season.

When you take away every League goal 'Curo' has notched so far in the campaign, the Grecians are 12 points worse off, meaning they would be bottom of the League with a paltry eight points. That isn't surprising given Cureton has scored 10 of City's 21 League goals this season.

This wouldn't be such a problem if he was in his 20's, but unfortunately he's not, and the worry is that he could run out of steam if he continues to be played so frequently. If that were to happen, where would the goals come from?

I hope Tis, as well as working out why City concede a goal from virtually every cross and corner, is thinking up a solution. A dip in the loan market would be sensible. I was quite impressed with Lauri Dalla Valle's brief loan spell at the Park during last season's ill-fated campaign so he might be an option or alternatively (and preferably) our young forwards could be played more frequently.

Cureton may not necessarily run out of steam and suffer 'burnout', but if he does or picks up an injury it would intensify City's woes even further, so it's time for his fellow frontmen to step up to the plate or a new player may have to be drafted in.