Chris Hughton’s sides are usually at their best when they have a 6ft-something battering ram leading the line.
A fresh-faced Andy Carroll fired Newcastle United to the Championship title in 2010. Seven years later, Glenn Murray rolled back the years with 23 goals as Brighton and Hove Albion became a Premier League club for the first time.
Hughton is now sitting in the hottest of hot seats since taking over from Sabri Lamouchi at Nottingham Forest.
But, unless the two-time promotion-winning coach can find a goalscorer from somewhere, Forest’s Premier League exile will extend into a 22nd year.
Only three teams in the Championship have scored fewer than Forest’s four goals in seven games this season.
Lewis Grabban, last term’s talisman, hasn’t found the net in his last 11 matches. Summer signing Lyle Taylor, meanwhile, hasn’t exactly hit the ground running and 30-year-old Spaniard Miguel Angel Guerrero has been restricted to 16 minutes of football since joining from OIympiakos.
Meanwhile, an old-school target man who looks tailor-made for Hughton’s style can’t stop scoring in Germany.
According to BILD, Nottingham Forest were keen to offer Simon Terodde a fresh start in England before they were pipped to the post by another former European champion fallen on hard times.
Since joining Hamburg on a free transfer, the 32-year-old has scored six goals in five Bundesliga 2 games – more than Forest’s entire squad.
A match-winning double against Wurzburger Kickers this weekend ensured Terodde, who has more braces than a dental surgery these days, lifted Hamburg five points clear at the top of the table.
Hughton’s job would be a lot easier if he could call on a striker in that kind of form.