The issue is when we play one like Allan or Mallan you also get people moaning we’re too soft in the middle of the park etc.
Irvine, Newell and Gogic whilst not scoring much make us very competitive in the middle and have set up a good couple of chances/assists between them. They’re all very good physically and offer height.
With those 3 it allows guys like Doidge, Nisbet and Boyle to score.
Goal scoring midfielders that do everything are very rare now.
Jamie McGrath - 11 goals from midfield this season in all competitions for St Mirren, 8 of which are penalties. I don’t know if he’s actually any good either, he’s never particularly stood out for me.
Allan Campbell - 4 goals this season from open play and is much more of a box to box player than McGrath. More from open play but wouldn’t be classed as a goal scoring midfielder.
Ross Callachan - 8 goals from midfield this season, 4 of which have been pens. Nowhere near good enough for us.
Scott Pitman - 6 goals, all from open play.
I have no doubt that if Mallan or Allan played week in week out for us behind the striker they’d both get double figures. The issue is we might lose more goals because we’re weaker in the middle of the park.
It’s a fine margain.
Magennis doesn’t have a great record of scoring but I think he’s the type to score the odd screamer rather than consistently scoring. I think it fit and played further forward for us though he could hit 6 or so goals a season. For him the major this is being fit though.
Whilst we’re at it I think we need to improve scoring from set pieces. I feel like as a team we never score a header from corners or free kicks.