Analysis: Ten strikers Doncaster Rovers might consider signing

Leon Clarke
Leon Clarke

Bolstering Doncaster Rovers’ firepower is at the top of Paul Dickov’s list of priorities this summer.

Sports writer Paul Goodwin picks out ten strikers who potentially fit the bill:

Tom Bradshaw (right)

Tom Bradshaw (right)

1. Tom Pope

Port Vale’s Pope ticks all the boxes.

He is a proven goalscorer at League One level, he knows how to handle himself physically and he will be available for nothing if he rejects the chance to stay at his hometown club.

Contact has been made with the player and his agent. Rovers face competition for his signature but if they could get this one over the line it would meet with almost universal approval.

Ian Henderson (right)

Ian Henderson (right)

2. Ian Henderson

Of all the strikers that appeared at the Keepmoat Stadium last season, Henderson was one that stood out.

Busy in his approach and intelligent in his movement, it is no surprise he ended the season with an impressive 22 goals to his name.

Aged 30, he’s the sort of ‘been there got the t-shirt’ player Dickov is chasing.

Sadly for Rovers, with a year still to run on his contract at Rochdale, he’ll come at a cost.

3. Izale McLeod

McLeod enjoyed something of a renaissance last season at Crawley, tallying 21 goals, and will be reluctant to make the step down to League Two with the Red Devils.

Millwall and Burton Albion have been linked with the powerful 30-year-old but he might be holding out for a move back to the Championship.

4. Tom Bradshaw

Dickov is a known admirer of the 22-year-old and it is obvious why. He is exactly the sort of ‘fox-in-the-box’ frontman that Doncaster have been missing.

Rovers are thought to have made an enquiry about the former Shrewsbury striker in January but they are unlikely to be able to meet Walsall’s asking price.

5. Jon Stead

Stead would offer plenty of experience, know-how and also some much-needed guile in attack.

He’s got a good touch and his loan spell at Bradford proved he has still got goals in him at this level too. The Bantams seem his most likely destination.

6. Leon Clarke

Clarke is just the sort of bustling big man Rovers have lacked since the departure of Chris Brown.

After a big money move to Wolves last year and subsequent loan move to Wigan, the 30-year-old will probably feel he still has plenty to offer in the Championship.

A free agent, he could be a shrewd addition for any League One side with promotion ambitions.

7. Aaron O’Connor

Having spent the majority of his career in non-league, asking O’Connor to fire Rovers into the Championship at the age of 31 would obviously represent a gamble.

He would, however, be a low cost option, and is likely to jump at the chance of a move to the Keepmoat.

Newport’s fans were sorry to see him released.

8. Craig Davies

Doncaster is a popular destination for players looking to revive their careers. Free agent Davies, formerly of Chesterfield, fits that bill after his injury troubles saw him released by Bolton.

9. Alex Nimely

The ex-Manchester City trainee is someone Dickov knows well but he comes with baggage, following an acrimonious spell at Port Vale.

10. Nathan Delfouneso

Released by Blackpool. Burst onto the scene at Aston Villa and needs a permanent home to rediscover his potential.