St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin has provided an update on the club’s pursuit of Joel Piroe as new Buddies forward Kristian Dennis is hoped to ‘be the difference’ this campaign.
The PSV youngster has been linked with clubs like Everton and Juventus in recent times but the Saints are the only club with confirmed interest. Goodwin said that his team were ‘in the hat’ for the talented youngster last week.
As the names Everton and Juventus would suggest, Piroe is a wanted man and it’ll be a coup if Goodwin pulls that off. In the meantime, he has moved for a proven goalscorer in Kristian Dennis.
The 30-year-old striker joins St Mirren from Notts County and could feature at the weekend when the Buddies host Ross County. Goodwin will be looking to build on their impressive start to the season, with a weekend win enough to make it three wins from their opening four matches.
St Mirren’s boss is hoping that Dennis can fill the forward void, providing an update on their Piroe chase too.
“Our name is still on the list and we’ve not taken ourselves out of that race yet,” Goodwin said of Piroe. “We’re realistic enough to know that he’s a much-admired player by a number of clubs bigger than our own.
“So we have to be realistic about the situation. We will keep our name in the hat for the time being but at the same time we’ll be working on other options too.
“Kristian is at an age now where I think a move to the English Championship has probably passed him by. He’s obviously played in League One, League Two and the National League last season with Notts County.
“To score goals in League One and Two in England is extremely difficult. I spent eight years of my career in League One and I know just how few opportunities strikers tend to get. For Kristian to have the kind of record he has in those types of leagues can only be a benefit to us.
“I don’t think our league is as physical. I don’t think the centre backs are quite as aggressive as they are in the lower leagues of England. Hopefully that helps Kristian, he is proven.
“In the games I’ve watched him, he doesn’t need a lot of chances. Since I’ve been at the club, in about 85% of the games I’ve been involved in, we’ve created good chances, at least three or four in a game.
“If we can convert 40% of those chances we’re getting we will certainly pick up more points. Our conversion rate last year was the lowest in the league. We created just as many opportunities but we didn’t have that final touch.
“Hopefully Kristian can be difference this season.”