Tranmere head in to Saturday’s game at home to Bromley in good form, and with the best goal difference in the league. But do Rovers need another forward?
It’s hard to criticise Tranmere since early December, when a dramatic turnaround in form helped take us from the depths of the National League back up to where we are today – in the thick of a promotion race.
In Andy Cook and James Norwood, Rovers have two of the best strikers outside of the Football League, and as a partnership, perhaps the best. They’ve netted 28 goals between them so far this season, a total that is sure to grow.
But if there is one thing the draw at Leyton Orient illustrated, it’s that Rovers still miss a load of chances, and they can be costly.
In addition, what happens if either Cook or Norwood pick up an injury or suspension? Does Micky Mellon have the quality of goal scorer to call upon to adequately deputise? How about in games when Rovers are struggling to make the breakthrough, are there enough striking options of sufficient quality available to come on and make an impact?
At present, Andy Mangan seems to be third choice striker at the club, and has appeared from the bench a few times since returning from a loan spell at Fylde. There is also Jake Kirby, who is comfortable operating upfront, while Larnell Cole can also play there when fit.
However, the latter two have played much of their time at Tranmere out wide or in midfield, meaning they don’t strike you as the ideal candidates to play, or come on, when Rovers need a goal.
We understand Mellon was interested in bringing another forward to the club in January, but that was dependent on moving a player out – which hasn’t happened yet.
Should Rovers try to add another striker? Or keep the squad we have currently for the final run-in? It will be interesting to see which option Micky goes for.