Can Lafferty steer Killie in the Wright direction?

As a move to Romania falls through, Kyle Lafferty is set for another return to the Scottish Premiership with new Kilmarnock boss Tommy Wright making him his first signing.

Kilmarnock currently find themselves 10th in the Scottish Premiership. And with a goal difference of -14, their lack of goals is certainly becoming an issue.

Wright took to the dugout for his first game in charge on Wednesday night and despite ending up on the wrong side of a 1-0 defeat, the Northern Irish manager will be pleased with the overall performance of his team.

The match saw Killie have the better of the chances and with 59% possession they looked comfortable for the vast majority of the 90 minutes. However, this game was a clear example of the fact that in football there is only one stat that counts and that is the final score.

It took 71 minutes for the game to finally get a goal and it came completely against the run of play when a quickly taken throw in caught the home side out, this then saw Tony Watt play a lovely ball through to Allan Campbell who found himself in acres of space and placed a lovely right footed shot up off the bottom of the crossbar and into the net.

There is no doubt that Kilmarnock have ability in the attacking third. With the experience of Chris Burke and the fantastic technical ability of young Greg Kiltie when going forward Kilmarnock can be a real threat.

The real issue lies in front of goal. Kilmarnock don’t seem to have an out and out goalscorer this season, with winger Burke topping the list with seven. Nicke Kabamba has been Killie’s most featured striker this season but with five goals in 29 appearances, this is not a stat that Kilmarnock fans will want to see from the man who leads their attack.

The news of the signing of Lafferty will no doubt be well received by the fans. The Premiership can often be a tough league to adapt to and this can often take a lengthy amount of time, something Kilmarnock don’t have right now.

With Lafferty’s history and many stints in Scotland already, this makes the Northern Irish attacker the ideal man for Wright as he looks to add goals to his side.

For many years, the 33-year-old has split opinions across the world. But, when at his best the striker has plenty to offer. With his great pace, aerial ability, and a clear eye for goal, the Northern Irish man will be a real coup for Wright and his new team.

Kilmarnock come up against top of the table Rangers this weekend and  it will be interesting to see if Lafferty will feature against his old club. Should he do so Wright will be hoping he can hit the ground running, after all the striker does love a goal in a big game.

 

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