Cobblers boss Aidy Boothroyd has confirmed he does not have a specific tactical plan for Rene Howe but admits the striker is a big threat for Torquay United.
Town head to the south coast this weekend in a bid to end a run of three successive defeats against a team two points above them in the npower League Two standings.
Standing between them and that feat will be a Gulls side that lost a number of key players in the summer and from whom many feel the next to depart will be 10-goal forward Howe.
The 26-year-old was a transfer target for Northampton when Ian Sampson was manager at Sixfields when he was in the midst of a nomadic existence that saw him represent six clubs on loan in just three years.
During that time he also put on weight and was very much drinking in the last-chance saloon, but he has transformed himself at Torquay into a player of great repute and one who will require close attention at Plainmoor this weekend.
“He is a big player for them, there’s no doubt about that,” said Boothroyd. “And he has scored a lot of goals for them.
“But he’s one of a number of strengths they’ve got and we’re confident we’ve got quite a few ways ourselves to cause them some problems.
“We’ll make plans for everybody that we think may play in their side.”
Town head to Torquay having lost three games on the bounce and with a defence that has started to leak goals.
Northampton have scored in eight successive league matches but there are problems at the other end, with eight goals being shipped during those three defeats, and Boothroyd is fully aware the team need consistency in both departments if they are to rise above their current mid-table position.
“Until we get that consistency about us then we’re going to end up drawing and losing a lot of games, and that will see us end up in a mid-table position.
“That’s where we are the moment and where we’ll be until we improve that side of our game.”