With Forest rumoured to be interested in Vaz Te, the question arises, can we afford to let him go? He may not be Premiership class but he can play up front, and we have precious few players who can do that.
Allardyce may be bluffing of course, but he claims we are not going to sign anybody else, so as things stand we have an injured Carroll, an inadequate Maiga and Vaz Te, plus the promising but raw Lee.
The only other option is to play without a conventional striker, using Nolan, Morrison and Cole in the fashion that Everton used Felaini and Cahill. With Downing and Jarvis stretching the opposition down the flanks, this could be an exciting option, but it seems a very progressive formation for lump it long Allardyce to adopt.
Can Nolan lead the line? I don't see why not, and with Cole and Morrison running beyond him, defences may not know who to mark.
But for Cardiff it is likely to be Maiga. Let's hope he is up to the job!