The Strikers Dilemma


One thing Wrexham have been lacking this season is an out and out goalscorer. As it stands, Andy Bishop and Rob Ogleby are the leading scorers with seven goals each. However, four of Bishop’s goals came in two games against Gateshead and five of Ogleby’s came against Hyde. The problem is Wrexham don’t play Gateshead and Hyde every week.

Adrian Cieslewicz has obviously been sold to high flying rivals Kidderminster but he only managed two goals anyway in a disruptive season for the speedy Pole.

Brett Ormerod has managed five goals this season and needs to find his goal scoring touch, however he faces a further two games on the sidelines after a red card against Halifax. However, Ormerod’s goal tally is exactly the same as at this stage last season and the veteran ended the season as one of Wrexham’s stand out players in the run in to the play offs.

The gaffer Andy Morrell has taken more of a back seat this season, but has still chipped in with two goals in nine appearances, including a luscious volley against Forest Green back in November.

Joe Anyinsah is an obvious goal scorer but his chances have been few and far between. Although four goals by January doesn’t seem too convincing, he is still recovering from a nasty injury he picked up at Macclesfield and still managed to bag a late winner against Southport last week.

Finally, hot prospect Theo Bailey-Jones is yet to score for the Reds. However, he is used as more of an out and out winger in Morrell’s 4-3-3 system.

Cue Elliott Durrell. The 24 year old has blitzed 17 goals this season for Hednesford Town in the Skrill Conference North… from midfield! Search him on YouTube and an astonishing goal will no doubt be the top result. After Bradford Park Avenue grabbed a 94th minute equaliser against Hednesford recently, Durrell decided to take matters into his own hands by beating what seems like the entire team, staff and fans to grab the winner!

He is a free kick expert and an extremely cool head when it comes to penalties, this could be a vital signing for Wrexham.

Mark Creighton’s column in the Daily Post was interesting this week where spoke about buying players from within the Conference rather than the Football League as they adapt quicker to the pace of the league. Andy Bishop has proven this season that it does take time to adapt to the conference. Durrell does not.

He is full of energy, a jack in the box and knows where the goal is. He bagged a hat trick at the start of the season against Stalybridge and hasn’t looked back. Wrexham fans are already excited by the prospect of Durrell who was a fan favourite at Hednesford. Hopefully he can  fire Wrexham back into a promotion push, never say never!

So as Morrell promised, Wrexham have signed a much needed striker. Now the Reds need another centre back due the catastrophic amount of injuries in that position.

Wrexham fans, which centre back would you like to see at Wrexham? Tweet @WrexhamPlayer @wrexhamfan @CarlHogan or myself @alex94wxm with your suggestions and we’ll post a follow up article.

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