Neil Lennon lost key men over the summer – John McGinn and Dylan McGeough departed for Aston Villa and Sunderland respectively, whilst Scott Allan returned to Celtic.
At the start of the season midfield would have been a cause for concern for the Hibs boss. It’s the club’s strikers, however, who have been nothing short of awful so far this term.
Swiss striker Florian Kamberi arrived in the summer, following a successful loan spell last season, but has only netted once in his last ten appearances. Jamie Maclaren came back to Easter Road on loan, but has only hit the net once all season. The stars of last season have had a fall from grace this campaign. Despite threatening to wield the axe in January, the striker department at Hibs has already ran out of time.
A lack of effort is the worrying thing about Hibs’ striker woes
Hibs should have won on Saturday against Livingston, but striker woes cost them all three points. Kamberi’s horrible spot kick was easily saved by Liam Kelly. Hibs were, however, bailed out in the 80th minute by Ryan Porteous’ header, partially saving Kamberi’s woes and bagging a point.
Lennon’s Hibees deserved more, but Kamberi ultimately cost them a vital three points. But it wasn’t just the Swiss striker who failed to make the mark – Oli Shaw missed several chances too, whilst MacLaren doesn’t look to have a goal in him. It’s not only the goals though, it’s the effort. The strikers didn’t look like they want to be there.
Lennon is frustrated with his forward line, and no wonder. They are dragging this Hibs team down the table. If Lennon wants any chance to crack the top four this season, a couple of recognised goalscorers in January are a must.