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FOOTBALL: Who can solve the goal scoring crisis at Forest Green Rovers?

After suffering a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Morecambe on Saturday, Rovers boss Mark Cooper has reiterated the need for a new striker at The New Lawn.

Reuben Reid is the clubs top scorer this season with five goals, with Christian Doidge, who departed the club in August, still second in the goal scoring charts.

Doidge left the club to join Bolton Wanderers during the summer window and hasn’t been properly replaced.

It was always going to be a tough task replacing someone who scored 20 goals last campaign, but Rovers have the January transfer window to right the wrongs in terms of recruitment.

Speaking after the Morecambe game on Saturday, Cooper said: “We didn’t score despite making all the possession.

“You’ve got to have people that are desperate to get on the end of a cross, but it’s not all about looking good, getting the ball and pulling off a turn, get in the box.

“Christian Doidge would’ve scored five today.

“There’s no hiding the fact we need another forward.”

Here are three potential strikers that Forest Green could look to sign to help bolster their promotion push in January:

Nicky Maynard, Bury – Maynard joined the Shakers on a deal which expires in January 2019. If the striker fails to agree new terms at Gigg Lane it would see him become a free agent and available to sign. The 31 year old has seemingly put his injury problems behind him since his arrival and has netted 6 goals in 8 appearances in League Two. A seasoned Football League striker, Maynard could provide the goals to help catapult Rovers into the Playoffs come the end of the season.

Danny Rowe, AFC Fylde – Rivals Cheltenham Town had a bid of £250,000 turned down for Rowe in August after the departure of Mo Eisa. However, Rovers should try their luck at the turn of the year as Rowe has continued his fine form in the National League. The striker has hit 12 goals in the fifth tier for the Coasters and has the attributes to play at a higher level. Like Doidge was, Rowe has proved himself in Non-League and looks ready to embrace professional football.

Benny Ashley-Seal, Wolverhampton Wanderers – Ashley-Seal is the top scorer in the U23 development league for Wolves, scoring 10 goals in 11 outings for the youth side. He joined the Midlands club from Norwich City in 2017 and has made a real impact for Rob Edwards’ side. He has yet to play in a competitive first team fixture and Forest Green could be a perfect place for him to start developing his professional game.

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