Well, it might be obvious to most of you, but it didn’t really click with me until I’ve just looked at the full Championship table.
Only three teams, in Rotherham, Wigan and Blues have scored less goals than us, with Burton being equal on 46.
Yet conversely, only four teams have conceded less goals than us.
At least we’re getting one part of our game right, even though some of the defenders get slated.
But that lack of goals is frankly bordering on scandalous, given the money we’ve spent on the squad.
Yes, we were drawing way too many games under Di Matteo, but wasn’t he only here for about fourteen games or so? Meaning things should really have improved?
Of course, Steve Bruce was constrained with the players until the winter window, but I still find near enough a goal a game average in this league decidedly poor.
Yes, you can say McCormack was a disaster signing, but is that enough to justify things?
I don’t believe so and for me, this is the problem we have to overcome if we’re to challenge next season.
Factor in that Kodjia has scored 19 of our 46 goals and the problem becomes even more concerning.
The defenders aren’t adding enough goals, but even worse, the midfield’s contribution is terrible.
Of the players still actually here, Jack Grealish is the second highest scorer on four. Then it’s Chester and Adomah on three apiece.
And most telling of all, there’s not a single other player that has scored more than one paltry goal all season.
Enough of the stats, as they frankly bore me.
But consider this;
Let’s say Kodjia has another decent season next time.
And Bruce pulls a rabbit out of the hat in signing another striker who gets us 20 goals (a big ask).
On this season’s performance that might give us 66 goals.
Which is a pretty fair amount, but not exceptional.
And not enough to guarantee automatic promotion, in my opinion. Five teams have exceeded that total this year, after all.
The fact that we’re doing okay defensively helps the situation, but it’s plainly clear that we need more goals from the side overall.
Hence I’ll say what I’ve already hinted at, in that Steve Bruce has a big problem sorting this in the summer.
Is it tactics?
There are plenty who say it is, but I can recall a fair few games where we had plenty of chances, but couldn’t score.
By the same token there were games where we couldn’t create anything.
So basically I can’t call it either way.