Strikers Steve Thompson, Louis Dodds and Kyle Perry are all hoping to replace the suspended Marc Richards during Vale’s festive fixtures.
Richards was sent-off for violent conduct during the defeat to Chesterfield and is set to be handed a three match suspension.
Former Middlesbrough youth prospect Thompson has impressed watching Vale fans, but Kyle Perry would appear to be best-suited to fit the target man role.
Perry came on as substitute during the game against Chesterfield after forcing his way into first-team consideration with some impressive performances for the reserves.
Meanwhile, Danny Glover, who started the game against the Spireites and Louis Dodds, who remains the club’s second highest scorer with six goals will also be in the manager’s plans.