Assombalonga wasn't a mythical striker who scored goals for fun at this level though. He scored 15 goals and then 14 goals before he joined us. He then scored 15 goals and 14 goals for us. We got exactly what we paid for, it's just that we paid far too much for him in the first place. I'm not sure what it is about this that people don't get, unless they convinced themselves he was a 20+ striker somehow?
Hugill is a beast of a striker. The best season Hugill has had at this level was last season when he scored 13 goals. He's only ever hit double figures twice at this level. When they played in the same team, Hugill got 6 goals, Assombalonga got 14, albeit Assombalonga played more minutes, but he didn't play double the minutes. Ah, but Hugill is the better all round player. Hugill has 7 assists in his career at this level, Assombalonga has 6. Hugill is a beast, Assombalonga is rubbish 🤷♂️
I think the bigger problem we have is the expectations that we place on some of these players. The likes of Boyd and McDonald were players who had done ok at a relatively weak level of competition only. Rhodes did well at this level but in a different set up to the one he joined when he came here, and we made no attempt to replicate that - that's one reason why an owner shouldn't decide to buy players.
I'd say that we have three strikers who appear to be much of a muchness. I doubt any of them would hit 20 a season at this level, they'd all top out at around 15 I reckon. All you can do, as you mention, is attempt to play to their strengths as much as possible, or accept that if you don't then you will get inconsistent performances. 15 goals a season from a striker is fine, unless you spent £15m on that striker, in which case that's your own fault for not understanding what you are purchasing.
I cannot believe some are still trying to defend Britt! Must be to save face. As a player, he has gone backwards. 2 goals in 2 games can easily be misconstrued. His first, everyone’s granny could have bscored that. The penalty? Good penalty. This fails to cover up his deficiencies. The guy should be working on his game - maybe he is. Frankly, if this is the case it isn’t working. He is one of the weakest links we have.