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Poll: Which striker should start for Norwich City at Newcastle United?

10:47 05 October 2015

Dieumerci Mbokani of Norwich scores his side

Dieumerci Mbokani of Norwich scores his side's first goal during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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The battle for supremacy in Norwich City’s front-line cranked up a notch at the weekend when Dieumerci Mbokani scored his first goal for the Canaries. Is the big striker now ready for his first Premier League start?

That is the question we are putting to City supporters today as we assess the forward options available to manager Alex Neil following Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat to Leicester.

Mbokani was introduced in the 59th minute of that game and in less than 10 minutes had headed an effort against the crossbar and pulled a goal back with a deft flick from a Jonny Howson cross in the 68th minute.

The 29-year-old Dynamo Kiev loanee was unable to find an equaliser but caused the Foxes defence plenty of problems and is now pushing hard for a start when City return to action at Newcastle after the international break.

Cameron Jerome has been Neil’s starting striker in seven of City’s eight league matches so far this campaign, scoring one goal, in the 3-1 win over Bournemouth at Carrow Road – although also controversially saw a spectacular effort ruled out in the opening-day 3-1 home loss to Crystal Palace.

The powerful 28-year-old linked nicely with Wes Hoolahan in the early stages against Leicester but blasted his shot over and arguably should have had a penalty in the second half after being dragged down by Robert Huth.

Has the man whose 21 goals took the Canaries back to the Premier League done enough to keep his place though?

Kyle Lafferty has also re-emerged to push his claims as a top-flight striker after an excellent Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with Northern Ireland.

The tall 28-year-old was given his fresh chance by Neil in the recent 3-0 win over West Brom in the third round of the Capital One Cup, coming on for Mbokani in the 76th minute and scoring as well as helping to force an own goal.

Only Poland striker Robert Lewandowski (10 goals in eight games) and Germany’s Thomas Muller (eight in even) have scored more in Euro 2016 qualifiers, with Lafferty tied on seven goals with England’s Wayne Rooney, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Edin Dzeko and Russia’s Artem Dzyuba.

Lafferty’s admirable attitude in choosing to stay and try to persuade Neil of his worth has won him plenty of praise and he put in plenty of effort after being introduced in the 77th minute against Leicester, without going close to scoring.

Lewis Grabban, who was left out of the matchday squad on Saturday after picking up a minor ankle injury, has started two games and appeared in another two as a substitute but is yet to score this season.

The 27-year-old was fined and suspended earlier in the season after going AWOL ahead of City’s cup clash at Rotherham as he seemingly tried to force through a transfer to Bournemouth late in the transfer window.

Grabban scored 12 goals in 36 games during City’s promotion campaign, can he play a big role again this season?

The choice looks to be among those four for now, with Gary Hooper due to return to full training at the end of the international break as he recovers from an ankle injury, but who would you choose to start against Newcastle?

With the Canaries regularly starting with one striker, with Wes Hoolahan playing just behind, so far this season we have based the poll on that 4-2-3-1 formation.

Cast your vote in the poll above and leave your comments below – and see tomorrow’s Eastern Daily Press or Norwich Evening News for the results.

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27 comments

  • el dingo, Mbokani will be away on international duty over the next 2 weeks. Nevertheless, I agree with those suggesting that he should replace CJ, at least for one game to see how it goes, and maybe the rest could sharpen up CJ? I don't agree with changing the system and playing two strikers, though! Why change something that's worked well for 6 out of 8 games? We must accept that a number of teams will outplay our best 11 in the PL, and Leicester are one of them. Stew, it's difficult enough to read your repetitive left-field opinions without pressing my tolerance threshold even further with the unintelligible gibberish of your last comment.

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    Reg Breeze

    Tuesday, October 6, 2015

  • Yes we have a few strikers to choose from,when you think that the new boy has the same goal tally as CJ and has not had one complete game you can see why we have struggled a bit,maybe when completely match fit he could be are man and maybe start him and bring on CJ later he looks a handful but we desperately need a Vardy type striker who gives a defence nightmares for 90 mins and when that rare chance comes along actually sticks it away as I've said on other posts we create the chances but we just need someone who can stick them away,Hooper has put them away at all levels given proper game time would do again let's give him a chance as well,Grabbens got the energy to run a defence ragged but at the moment just can't Finnish and also why can't we giveLaffo a run out of all these strikers surely one can come up with the goods give them all a proper go and if they don't come up with the goods sell one or two and start looking in January.If we had put a lot of our chances away we probably be 6 or7 points better off

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    butty

    Monday, October 5, 2015

  • Yes we have a few strikers to choose from,when you think that the new boy has the same goal tally as CJ and has not had one complete game you can see why we have struggled a bit,maybe when completely match fit he could be are man and maybe start him and bring on CJ later he looks a handful but we desperately need a Vardy type striker who gives a defence nightmares for 90 mins and when that rare chance comes along actually sticks it away as I've said on other posts we create the chances but we just need someone who can stick them away,Hooper has put them away at all levels given proper game time would do again let's give him a chance as well,Grabbens got the energy to run a defence ragged but at the moment just can't Finnish and also why can't we giveLaffo a run out of all these strikers surely one can come up with the goods give them all a proper go and if they don't come up with the goods sell one or two and start looking in January.If we had put a lot of our chances away we probably be 6 or7 points better off

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    butty

    Monday, October 5, 2015

  • M Bok for me. For once a player who comes as advertised. A real handful, with not a little amount of skill and plenty of pace. I love Jerome, and he really gives it all for the team. He has been unlucky in front of goal more than once, but I think it's time to see what the new man can do over 90 minutes. On another day he could of had a hat-trick and wouldn't that have been a wow. Let's hope that 'another' day comes against the Maggies.

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    Erpingham Tractor

    Monday, October 5, 2015

  • If it's not nailed down... no, I'm not a tea leaf really:-)

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    el dingo

    Monday, October 5, 2015

  • Me Thinks, Me thinks that was my copyright cant believe you stole that ladron

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    spanishcanary

    Monday, October 5, 2015

  • As much as I admire him, CJ appears a little lacking at this level. Time for a change methinks. Has to be Mbokani. Surely they can get him up to speed in a fortnight?

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    el dingo

    Monday, October 5, 2015

  • It's got to be Mbokani and Lafferty. Why? Well Stevie boy is on the ropes so is going to be planning for CJ and Wes. The Newcastle team are playing without heart at the moment and we'll never have a better chance of some revenge on the many defeats we've had up there. We get the first goal and the heads will go down like Sunderland and the game will be won. Over to you Mr Neil.

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    Bogaz John

    Monday, October 5, 2015

  • Wiv, I think its down to mobility, the Leicester front 2 are bother sniffers, not target men. They worked our defence all over the place, someone like Austin is a gaol scorer, right place right time. We just do not have the players to play like that. That's how it is and nought we can do till Jan. Sad but that's how it is.

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    spanishcanary

    Monday, October 5, 2015

  • Give's me a midfield of Redmond,Tettey, Dorrans, Brady. Back four Martin,Bennett ,Bassong, Ollson. GK Ruddy. Bench of Rudd ,Lafferty, Howson,Wisdom,Hoolahan,Whittaker and VO-O

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, October 5, 2015

  • Why not Mbokani and Jerome in tandem. 4-4-2 worked for Leicester on saturday.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, October 5, 2015

  • Tony the are not many in the whole of the Prem who score 15 plus.

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    spanishcanary

    Monday, October 5, 2015

  • Fair Point Mellow, Would not have been fair for Hooper to play on crutches but get your point. Who knows if one would score or wouldn´t, Its easy after watching the game and replays. But to be fair, we are not putting the chances away so surely a change would be good to mix it up and keep CJ on his toes. Works for me.

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    spanishcanary

    Monday, October 5, 2015

  • cant see any of them scoring more than a dozen this season.should have offered £15 million for Austin in the summer!

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    tonyb

    Monday, October 5, 2015

  • To say Mbokani would have scored a chance that Jerome missed is ridiculous. We've hardly seen him play for one thing. Going on that logic I think Hooper should have started, he would scored that chance. Actually, now I think about it, that header Mbokani planted on to the cross bar, Hooper would have buried that as well.

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    MellowYellow

    Monday, October 5, 2015

  • Michigan - CJ also missed an easy chance against WHU the previous week, so yes, I feel it is time he was dropped to the bench for a couple of games. It seems to have worked wonders for Redmond. Let's not forget that Mulumbu may well be fit to at least be on the bench for our trip up North and I dare say Hooper could also be in contention as well. It will be interesting to see what AN does after the 2 week break.

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    Mr Ed

    Monday, October 5, 2015

  • Mich, You are so right it can make such a difference even when you are not on top, definite game changer. I won´t forget what CJ did for us last season but time for a rest me thinks. 2 weeks to sort it all out with hopefully the same result as after the last international break. If Laff´s scores again for N Ireland would be hard not to give him a run out?

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    spanishcanary

    Monday, October 5, 2015

  • …..I thonk tit wos much better wen Brew was conduce ing the Orchestra an d would love to an d the batten beck tto im!...i AAAAAAAAAAAVE TRIED TO keep evry won harm in i sink but mixe ing my litter ry abilitees with my nowwlidege of foot bill has not bin eesy ….Are you bek long tirm Brew or jist passin what a mon has tro pass?…..

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, October 5, 2015

  • SP - strikers are not going to get much better chances than the one CJ had in the first 10 minutes. Should have put that away, and the game would likely have changed. Think Mbokani would have done better with it; Lafferty also.

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    MichiganCanary

    Monday, October 5, 2015

  • She is a great singer Brew, but a forward?

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    spanishcanary

    Monday, October 5, 2015

  • Aguero please.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, October 5, 2015

  • Stew, whatever you're on this gloomy Monday afternoon I'll take some!

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    MellowYellow

    Monday, October 5, 2015

  • …..Yes together ... It really is sort out time!...Mr Neil has lost his grip...Why? ..Find that out and it could answer many other questions!….He does seem in a hurry to get back to Scotland, after matches and could have more on his mind than can be told!…..Our Defence is no longer organised, and apart from the triangles they pass the ball around in - including Ruddy in this completely non productive nonsense - seem to have a growing dislike for each other!….Howson has become the 'invisible man', and Tettey also appears to find it difficult to fit in...He is a midfielder , and they are allowed to cross the halfway line in support the attack!….Can't wonder that Hoolahan and Jerome are becoming dis-illusioned !….Me thinks it's time for a big bonding session….unfortunately many of them will be absent next week end!….I feel better after that rant!…..Mellow Yellow! I also think that Mbokani should start at Newcastle, and be accompanied by Lafferty!….Give them both a go for 50mins...then will be time to bring on 'Little and Large.... Jerome and Hoolahan!…..

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, October 5, 2015

  • I don't think we will see any changes because we will be playing away from home and I think AN would take a draw providing the performance is right. But I would like Mbokani to start even if it just to put pressure on CJ and freshen up things a bit (I also think this applies to Howson)t. It's worth noting that we didn't really create anything for Jerome in the first half so changing the striker probably won't have made too much difference on Saturday.

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    MellowYellow

    Monday, October 5, 2015

  • New bloke and Lafferty ,this lone striker bit is just not working for me ,I much prefer a big bloke up front to terrorise the defence while the little bloke pops up unnoticed and tucks the ball into the net,bit like David cross and Jimmy bone ,looks like we need a tardis and trip back a few years to pick up a couple of strikers.

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    trev57

    Monday, October 5, 2015

  • On Saturday Mbokani's work rate was higher than CJ's. CJ appeared to be one of the half a step too slow group against Leicester, and shoul really have put away that early chance he missed. Everyone blamed Ruddy for the two points lost against West Ham, but CJ's early miss against Leicester turned the game for us.

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    MichiganCanary

    Monday, October 5, 2015

  • Has to be Mbok. Jerome's starting to prove why everyone always says he's Champ quality. Lafferty is still a bit of a donkey. Grabban's just rubbish. We really need a new loan signing in Jan. I can imagine the scouts are already hot to it if we have any sense?

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    Go_Fleck_Urself

    Monday, October 5, 2015

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