In a sport where scoring goals wins matches, hitting the back of the net comes at a premium.
Last season, 16 goals was the most any player in the PSL scored.
At Cape Town City, Kermit Erasmus top-scored with 13. But the Bafana Bafana hitman has been sold to PSL champions Mamelodi Sundowns.
So having only two recognised strikers in your squad on the eve of a football season means you are not properly equipped.
That’s the state of play at Cape Town City at the moment.
Fagrie Lakay and Tashreeq Morris both put pen to paper this week to boost their confidence ahead of the season.
Due to heavy financial losses suffered during the coronavirus pandemic, City also parted with another veteran hitman, Siphelele Mthembu.
So they are desperately short on options upfront.
I’ve heard rumours that City is planning on bringing in a Ghanaian, but that talk has quietened down over the past two weeks now.
I really think that chairman John Comitiis has to bite the bullet and reward Jan Olde Riekerink with a striker.
Last season, then-coach Benni McCarthy wanted an experienced centreback.
It was a rather desperate situation, with only young Keanu Cupido as a natural fit.
To cut a long story short here, City started badly, never recovered, Benni got the sack and Riekerink had to work hard to win over the squad.
Comitis can’t allow a repeat of that.
Riekerink has already made it clear that adding a high-quality striker to the squad will sharpen his attack upfront.
The Dutchman is already looking at solutions within the group to create more chances for the players supporting the strikers.
But even with the transfer window open until November 17, maybe they should act now and get a striker rather than cause an unnecessary panic.