At the tail end of last week we found out that James Hanson will be staying put at Valley Parade, following talks with manager Phil Parkinson Hanson was persuaded to stay on and help Bradford push on. Myself personally, I was gutted to find out he won’t be coming, as always on Twitter at times it seemed nailed on. However, as we should all try to remember, nothing is formal until you see the player posing for the photographer holding his new shirt.
Read why I thought Hanson would’ve been perfect for Millwall here.
In an interview on NewsAtDen Harris was quick to say that despite missing out on Hanson, other targets are on the list and we will now move on and look into other possibilities. It’s clear in the type of player Hanson is, that we are looking at big, strong target forwards to lead the line and be a vocal point. With this in mind, I’ve decided to bring three names to the table, that I think we should look at. All at differing stages in their footballing career:
Chris Brown – Blackburn Rovers
The first player on my list is Chris Brown, slightly older at 30 years old, Brown started his professional journey with Sunderland where he scored 11 goals in 66 appearances. Not the most prolific forward in his time with his best tally coming while at Doncaster – 23 goals in 87 games – he brings more to the team than goals. Often praised for his hold up play and his ability to win headers, he can perhaps be the player to support Lee Gregory, who needs a strike partner as we often saw last season. Brown last summer signed a two year deal with Blackburn, however only going on to play half their games he could be a player, if promised first team football that might drop down to League One. Given his age and with only a year left on his contract, he could possibly be available for next to nothing.
Steve Davies – Free Agent
Having run down his contract at Blackpool, Davies formally of Derby, is currently available on a free transfer. Known for his ability from set pieces among other skills Davies is more of a ‘Complete Forward’ that can bring different aspects to the front line. His most prolific spell at a club was with Derby, he scored 23 goals in 94 appearances, with 12 coming in his last season in 26 appearances. He was then subject of a 750,000 bid from Bristol City and went on to score 13 in his only season at Ashton Gate. While he is also 27 he presents a type of player that Harris might be interested in, at Blackpool he never seemed to get going and spent the latter of last season on loan to Sheffield United and played in their play off semi-final defeat to Swindon. Taking this all into account he might come at a cost with wages, but being a free transfer and 27 years old he could easily hit it off at The Den and then command a fee in the future.
Haris Vuckic – Newcastle United
Perhaps an option on loan from the Premier League, Vuckic is an example of a player who hasn’t quite made it at the top level. Having now had different loan spells at Rotherham, Cardiff and more recently Rangers, he is another who could join with a point to prove. He has another year left on his deal at Newcastle, so could join on another loan deal, or perhaps a permanent after failing to stake a claim for consistent first team football. While on loan with Rangers he manage 9 goals in 13 appearances, albeit in the Scottish Championship. However, despite his considerable height advantage he doesn’t win as much headers as Hanson might. Perhaps with John Marquis in the squad already, a young player on loan from the Premier League might not come into consideration.
Of course there are plenty of different options out there, and the three mentioned in this article might be nowhere near Harris’s shortlist but just thought it would bring good reading for you guys. If you have any opinion on these three. and also any players we should look at leave a comment below or let me know through Twitter.
Thanks for reading.