Melbourne City midfielder Luke Brattan says the club needs to acquire a striker if they are serious about competing for an A-League title this season.
City and marquee goal scorer Bruno Fornaroli remain in a stalemate, leaving City void of attacking options.
Brattan says the club needs to get a hurry on in the January transfer window to help the team strengthen their options up front.
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“Hopefully we can sort out this striker situation,” Brattan told SEN Breakfast.
“It’s been going on for too long now. If we are serious about winning anything, then we need a number nine that can finish off chances.”
Brattan also explained the players mindset towards the Fornaroli saga, saying frustration is starting to creep in.
“It’s not easy, especially with Bruno being a marquee and all that sort of thing, it makes it very very hard,” he said.
“You could say (the players are) frustrated.
“I’m sure the club and Bruno are hopefully working together to sort it out.
“It’s not good for Bruno sitting in the stands not playing and it’s not a good look for the club, with the marquee sitting in the stands.
“It’s been going on for a long time, we get asked a lot about it and if we want to win anything and be serious, then we need a striker.”
Listen to Luke Brattan’s chat with Sam Edmund and Tim Watson on SEN Breakfast in the player below