I'll be honest, while on one hand I don't mind a bit of positivity I feel this is clutching at straws. I mean I suppose you could take out the word prolific and be happy with signed a "striker", but all things being even you'd like striker who scored lots of goals. Some points I'll dispute below:
"We failed on that day ironically because our most prolific striker in 30 years, who has now left in order to win trophies, Ďdecidedí not to produce the goods when the chance of a trophy showed itself."
- I don't even know what that means. Who would decide not to score goals? No need to have a pop at Lukaku.
"Maybe, just maybe if we had gone for potential strike targets early in the window, a head or two may have been turned. Donít forget, the lure of the Champions League means five clubs had a head start over us and arguably first pick but we still had the lure of European football albeit starting in balmy July."
- So we could've signed someone, likely not a player who was ready for the CL, but a good striker? I'd also say only Lorente (out of the strikers signed by those 5 CL teams) would've been one we could've realistically gone for...so there was no real competition/head start issues there.
"Itís clear to me and a great many others that during the first seven games we have lacked a goal threat. "
- So surely therefore we could use a prolific striker? Or a target man to bring in other players?
"Yet despite the optimism, theres a feeling that we have made the most basic of errors in not signing a target man. ...I also remember that the last time we qualified for the Champions League (play off) back in 2005, the leader of the line was Marcus Bent who scored 7 goals in 42 games and Duncan Ferguson, 6 goals in 37 games maybe showing that being prolific isnít really the point."
- We could therefore use a target man. Why did we not sign one?
"Ultimately itís down to the manager and we must trust him, we have little choice."
- Koeman stated multiple times, in public, that he wanted a striker. If we're trusting his judgment we should have signed a striker
"I have already noticed that a combination of Walsh, Koeman and Kenwright are getting some stick on social media for not signing Lukakus replacement which is ridiculous. "
- It's not, Koeman wanted a striker. So there was a failure there. What caused the failure is up to debate.