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Boss keeping striking options open

Posted: Fri 16 Nov 2012

Akwasi Asante

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Lee Clark says Leroy Lita's return to Swansea may provide young forward Akwasi Asante with the opportunity to show his capabilities.

Lita's departure means that Clark only has three specialist strikers at his disposal in Marlon King, Nikola Zigic and Peter Lovenkrands.

But he believes that if Dutch youngster Asante can prove his fitness he may not need to bring an additional person in to fill his fourth forward spot.

Twenty-year-old Asante, who has made just a solitary first team appearance for Blues in the Europa League, is currently recovering from a hamstring injury. 

“There are three points to that," said Clark when asked about his forward options. 

“One - I have got Akwasi Asante who I need to work out with the medical team how quickly he is going to be back. If he’s going to be another four or six weeks that might force the issue of bringing in another striker - it might, although I'm not saying it definitely will.

“Two - who is going to let a quality striker go because we need quality? If I bring someone in he needs to be ready to play in the starting XI, not a squad player. It would be pointless doing that. Three - is the one everyone knows about, the financial terms of the deal. So all these things need to be taken into consideration. 

"If there’s an eye-catching one that pops up, I have got no doubt the club will back me like they have all the time and we will try and bring them in. If, for whatever reason, it is too expensive then it wouldn't happen.

“At this moment in time I wouldn't say there are many that are jumping in front of me. We are obviously looking at people who fit the criteria. But the main thing is that we need to decide - and I have had brief conversations with the medical team - and find out a definite timescale for Akwasi because he is part of those young players I have really been impressed with and I want him in and around the group.

“We will see where we go. If it’s going to be a week or ten days, I will wait. He then becomes one of the four strikers who tries and forces his way ahead of the lad ahead of him.”