The space left by Lewis Grabban in the AFC Bournemouth front line is going to be a hard one to fill. Norwich paid an undisclosed fee, thought to be around £3m. A fair price? Its definitely a reasonable price for a first season Championship striker.
The problem will be filling the void left by a 22-goal striker. How do you replace a 22-goal striker in the Championship? With a 22-goal striker from League One. Both are a rare breed, but the two cannot compare. The Championship is a definite step up from League One and goalscorers in League One, may well struggle in the Championship. Defences are much stronger and teams in general are a cut above.
This begs the question is Callum Wilson really worth £2m?
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Andy Turner from the Coventry Telegraph reckons that’s how much he is worth. “He’s done it for one season and the big question is, can he kick on and do it again? And for that reason a more realistic value is probably closer to £2million, although there will be several interested parties who either can’t afford that or won’t be prepared to pay that for an untried striker at Championship level.”
The Cherries have already had two bids turned down. Does this mean that Coventry want more money? Or, is Callum Wilson simply not for sale.
He will be for sale for the right price, remember how much we paid for Matt Tubbs, but is he worth more than £2m? While the Cherries have money to spend, should we spend £2m or more on an unproven striker. Its a dilemma. We say no, but we think maybe an extra £250,000 on the price could swing the deal and then it will be up to Eddie Howe to work his magic. Then we could have a 30 goals a season striker worth a lot more.