Ole Gunnar Solskjær has hailed the recent arrivals of Federico Macheda and Adam Le Fondre as ‘natural goal-scorers’ as the City manager secured his third and fourth signings of the summer this week.
Moving quickly in the transfer market to enforce his attacking philosophy on the Bluebirds 2014/15 Sky Bet Championship squad, the two front men joined Javi Guerra and Guido Burgstaller through the door at Cardiff City Stadium, with the City boss hinting that further movement could be possible in the coming weeks and months ahead.
Speaking exclusively to cardiffcityfc.co.uk, Ole said: “I think it’s important that we get the targets that we have signed and sealed. Both lads are proven goal-scorers, that’s their game and I think it’s great that we have got them in.
“Of course it’s not just about getting as many strikers in as we can. Now that area is filled we can look at who we will lose in other areas of the pitch and who will stay. We have a strong squad filled with plenty of quality as we speak.
“There will be a bit of manoeuvring throughout the summer and some players will go, but in a league like the Championship, with the cup competitions as well, we’ll be playing up to fifty games and we’ll have to rotate between strikers. You can never have enough goal-scorers in a team.”
And there’s no doubting the credentials of Ole’s most recent recruits, with 22-year-old Federico Macheda, fondly nicknamed ‘Kiko’, a talent well-known to City’s Norwegian manager from his time at Manchester United.
“Kiko is a target man and is technically very gifted, but first and foremost, he’s a goal-scorer,” said Ole. “He’s got an instinct for goal and a fantastic talent that I’ve had the pleasure of working with when he was younger.
“He went through a tough period in his career when it didn’t really work out for him, but I’ve seen him through those times as well. It’s a great opportunity now for Kiko to establish himself in the first-team and get regular football.
“He has a lot of experience for a man of his age. He’s 22-years-old, but has experience of being at many different clubs now because of the loan spells he had away from Old Trafford. For me, the most important thing is that Kiko knows the standards that I have here.
“I know what he’s capable of, as does he, but you can only reach that capability by believing in yourself, having someone else believe in you and working hard. He now knows his future is here, he’s settled and he knows me and what I will demand from him.”
They are demands that the City manager will similarly place on fellow front man Adam Le Fondre, a striker renowned for his goal-scoring impact at all levels throughout his career.
“He’s a natural goal-scorer, that’s what he’s about,” said Ole. “Having been a goal-scorer myself I can see a lot of similarities between myself and Adam. Perhaps he doesn’t want the tag, but like me he has been known to come on and score a lot of goals as a sub – of course like I did. You can see he’s a natural in front of goal.
“Adam’s got to double figures in the Premier League, in the Championship and at any level he has played at really. Whatever level he plays at he’ll score. Having spoken to him it is clear that he is someone who wants to develop and improve and we’ll of course be working hard with all our strikers to ensure we have lots of players who can consistently put the ball in the net.
“Now it’s up to us to gel as a team and create chances for these players because that will be the key for us to challenge for promotion, it’s everyone’s main aim to get back to the Premier League.”