I hope I don't get slated too hard for this but here goes.
I'm in the minority when I say that I trust Rafa on absolutely everything - team selection, tactics, club and squad management, rotation, even stuff like the freezing out of Dudek (painful as it was) - EXCEPT the identification, acquisition, and management of strikers. He's always managed to confound me on that topic.
Whilst I still have hopes for Crouch, it has to be said, he hasn't carried the mantle passed down through generations of legendary Anfield strikers. It's too early to tell, but it's not like we expect him to come back with the World Cup Golden Boot now, let's be honest.
The sooner we see the back of Moro, the better. It's a painful situation for all involved. His greatest asset, that uncanny ability to steer the ball with his cranium, seems to have deserted him. How many times this season was a ball planted on his forehead, only for him to miss the target by a mile? He's down on himself, he's not scoring, and he's not about to start at his age.
I'm a fan of Cisse, and I think he should be given more time. It would be a huge waste of money to let him go, though, and out of anyone we release, he is the one that you *know* will go somewhere and bang in 30 goals. You can feel it. He's one of those forwards that is DYING to score. Why he's still on the chopping block, especially after his flourish to end the season, is a mystery to me. Must be the hair. Give the man another year.
I worship the ground Robbie Fowler walks on, but he's not going to be a 30-goal a year striker who plays in 50+ games. He's going to be a part time contributor as time takes its toll. Which is fine by me (and probably himself).
But now we're being linked with Defoe?? I'd rather spend the money somewhere else, and spend the effort on Florent Cinema Popcorn, who's a similar type of player, and has worked hard and waited patiently. As someone on this thread mentioned, Robbie Keane buckled down and earned his spot, while Defoe pretty much had an off year and was confined to the bench, and missed an automatic World Cup spot. *THIS* is who we want? A Spurs striker who can't get off the bench?
Bring back FSP, and as Rafa says, "give us options" - Crouch, Cisse, Fowler, FSP. Add one big time striker to the top of the shopping list, and we're in business. I don't know who that might be, but I don't think it's Morientes, and I hope it's not Defoe. Someone of the Crouch target man type maybe, to replace what Rafa thought he could get out of Moro?