Colchester United’s sluggish start to the season is once again showing signs that they could be in yet another relegation dogfight. Despite not being a U’s supporter myself it is plain simple to see the gapping holes in the squad that are preventing them from pushing on for a more comfortable league finish.
Tony Humes’ side have scored three goals in their opening four games. Almost every side in the third division including those also staring down the barrel of relegation have a recognized and seasoned striker to bang in the goals; Leon Clarke and Marcus Haber are the names that spring to mind. In Chris Porter and academy product Macauley Bonne they don’t have the potent striker to heave them up the table. Many fans will argue that former Sheffield United man Porter, who was signed in January and was key to the U’s staving off relegation, does have what it takes. But after speaking to a Colchester fan following the 2-1 loss to Peterborough United the lack of depth in the striking department is a major issue. Porter was sidelined for that match with a niggling injury he had picked up during the midweek clash with Reading, leaving Bonne was the mountain of responsibility up front.
The departure of Freddie Sears hit the fans hard in January. The former West Ham frontman netted 36 times In over a century of appearances for the U’s, including 23 for Colchester and Ipswich combined last term. His poaching nature and tireless workrate that served his side 3 years had yet to matched, but a young hungry top flight loanee could do the job.
Manager Tony Humes has made it no secret that he is desperately delving into the transfer market more extra attacking options. Humes told the Football League website “We’ve been trying to bring a new forward in over the last few weeks but it hasn’t quite happened with the ones we’ve been looking at. It’s down to the player’s club if we’re looking at loan signings – they have to make the decision when it’s right for them to let them go”. Bringing in a temporary transfer may be the best bet to get the goals flowing. No names have been mentioned as yet but we should here some news soon.