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Striking woes

Premier League goals scored by Robinho - 8.

Premier League goals scored by Jo, Sturridge, Vassell, Evans and Benjani combined - 4.

Given that Ireland has netted six times and both Wright-Phillips and Elano three apiece, it largely has glossed over the fact that we are one of the top scorers in the Premier League despite, rather than because of the strikers at our disposal, and the performance against PSG illustrated this perfectly where without this midfield support we could struggle for goals.

Numbers (in terms of personnel) are clearly not a problem, but real quality is. There has been plenty of talk about who may be arriving in January but high on Hughes's list must surely be someone who has a presence in attack and is capable of scoring twenty goals a season.