It was always going to be a battle between Daniel Nardiello and Matt Tubbs for a starting place alongside Alex Revell.
The fact there was the prospect of Kieran Agard also tossing his hat into the ring - and he may still do so - suggested a real competition for places in the ‘second striker’ role.
Ideally, one of them would pin down the spot from the season’s start. That would mean he’d be bagging the goals and so insuring himself against being dropped .
But strikers go through form troughs and goal droughts and it was always likely there’d be opportunity for one, then the other and perhaps for someone else.
Tubbs arrived without any sort of pre-season behind him. With Nardiello pulling a hamstring in the lead-up friendlies, Tubbs did get a chance to start but was clearly short of match fitness and didn’t look the player that the build-up suggested. He needed time.
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