Carlisle United Set Sights On League One Striker

Carlisle United will look to bolster their attacking line in January by targeting Burton Albion striker Cole Stockton, according to journalist Alan Nixon.

The 29-year-old only headed to the East Midlands club in the summer, joining on a free transfer following the expiration of his contract at Morecambe. He had been a huge success in Lancashire, hitting 59 goals in 178 appearances in what was his second stint at the Mazuma Stadium.

His decision to leave the club followed the Shrimps relegation to League One, and he was snapped up by Dino Maamria amid interest from a host of League One clubs. However, his debut season at the Pirelli Stadium has been disrupted by injury and he has been limited to just seven appearances in all competitions and has yet to find the net.

This has led to rumours that the two-year deal he signed in June could come to a premature end, with Nixon claiming that former club Carlisle United are keen on a reunion.

Stockton spent six months with the Blues in 2018 after joining from Hearts, and a return could be on the cards. According to Nixon, the attacker is keen to leave Burton after his early season struggles and is looking for a ‘fresh start’ once the transfer window reopens in January.

Carlisle returned to League One for the first time since 2014 following their play-off success against Stockport County in May. However, they currently sit in the relegation places and recorded their fourth defeat in five games with a 1-0 reverse against 10-men Bristol Rovers yesterday.

Paul Simpson’s side have just 13 goals from their opening 17 fixtures and they will be looking to add some much needed fire power in the New Year.

Writer’s View

Stockton is a player with League One pedigree and there is every chance that he could still be a success at Burton. Unfortunately for him, his injury problems this season coincided with the Brewers’ purple patch, but their recent form hasn’t been great and there is every chance that he could force his way into the team in the coming weeks.

Carlisle will be watching the situation closely though, as they will with a number of attackers as they look to survive this season and extend their stay in the third tier.

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