Derby County aren’t the only team having striker issues, with Neil Warnock slamming his forward trio including Yannick Bolasie following Middlesbrough’s defeat at Millwall.
Everton winger Bolasie was the subject of heavy interest last summer.
Toffees manager Carlo Ancelotti made it clear how Bolasie could move on, and the Northern Echo claim Derby, Millwall and Blackburn Rovers all wanted to sign him.
Boro, however, were favourites with Warnock previously managing him at Crystal Palace.
While Boro missed out on his signature back in October, the Teesside club managed to sign him in January with the former £28 million man giving them a major boost.
Bolasie’s form, though, has left a lot to be desired with Warnock hooking him and Chuba Akpom off at half-time in their 1-0 defeat at Millwall, calling the duo non-existent.
“The first half wasn’t acceptable. The forwards were very poor. We’re at Millwall and you’ve got to be determined. You’ve got to at least graft and I didn’t see that at all in the first half. I’ve never been as disappointed in the strikers as I was today. I thought they were absolutely non-existent first half. You can’t play without strikers. I have to bite my tongue a bit but I didn’t see any effort from the three of them,” Warnock told the Northern Echo.
Bolasie has made seven Championship appearances since joining Boro, posting just one assist as Neil Warnock’s side sit six points adrift of the playoffs.
Goals have been an issue for Boro. Cardiff City and Bournemouth, who sit just above them in the table, have both found the net on nine more occasions this term.
Derby, meanwhile, have their own problems in finding the net.
The Rams seemingly eyed a deal for Bolasie to bolster their attacking options, having only signed Kamil Jozwiak and Jordon Ibe in the forward positions last summer.
Jozwiak has struggled to make an impact, scoring just once. Ibe, meanwhile, hasn’t featured at all while Martyn Waghorn has scored only three goals in 27 appearances.
Colin Kazim-Richards is the only Derby striker with a notable record this season, scoring seven goals, while the lack of creativity at Pride Park has been a major problem.