Ed and number-cruncher @DomRoman summarises the TT Match Verdict ratings for TUFC from the tough month that was December and reveals our fifth TT ‘Player of the Month’:
No. Name and December TT Rating
1) Vincent Dorel: 6.9
Since arriving Vincent has been a consistent performer as the team struggles on, showing all-round qualities as a keeper and trying to organise and cajole the defence. He missed the Maidstone game and Clarke came in and struggled, reinforcing the Frenchman’s right to the number one spot. He rushed back into the team for Boxing Day after becoming a dad, showing admirable commitment to the United cause.
2) Liam Davis: 6.8
Liam started off with an excellent performance against Aldershot, but unfortunately (like the rest of team) his levels have wobbled badly since then. He is clearly one of our best players though, and now fully fit gets up down the wing with ease. The wing-back’s crosses are not always the best and unfortunately even the better ones are rarely attacked properly by our strikers.
Man of the Match – Aldershot
3) Michee Efete: 6.8
As our loan signings go, Efete has easily been one of the best – ok there has not been much competition! But when fit Michee has normally been one of our best players on the pitch. He is very well-suited to playing in the back three, so recent appearances at wing-back have seen him struggle. However he is definitely a lad we should keep, as another desperate situation faces us in 2018.
4) Sean McGinty: 6.5
It’s well documented that defence isn’t our biggest problem (well if you ignore Maidstone!) and Sean has improved after a terrible start to 2017-18 to take his highest place yet on a Player of the Month leaderboard. The captaincy does seem to have given him a jolt in confidence, but let’s not get too carried away – he’s still a mile off being a top NL centre back and the real leader we desperately need.
Man of the Match – Tranmere and Eastleigh
5) Damon Lathrope: 6.2
Damon creeps into the top-5 after a couple of 8s in the Aldershot and Eastleigh games. Those were two games where we had to defend stoutly to get a draw, and those battles suit him. When we’ve had to chase games and goals, we simply need more from central mid and he just doesn’t make any impact going forward – as we all know!
6) Alex Davey: 6
7) Luke Young: 5.9 – Man of the Match: Gateshead
8) Ruairi Keating: 5.7
9) Alex Oskar Andresson: 5.4
10) Guy Gnabouyou: 5.4
11) Jamie Reid: 5.3
12) Jennison Myrie-Williams: 5
13) Josh McQuoid: 4.9
14) JP Pittman: 4.8
15) Jazzi Barnum-Bobb: 4.8
1) TT Rating is the average of the ratings (out of 10) from the TT Match Verdicts
2) Players only included if they have been rated in 50% or more of TUFC games
3) Players only rated in games if they have played more than 10 minutes
Congratulations Vincent Dorel on taking our ‘Player of the Month’ award for December. In a season where we have signed some real rubbish so far, and shuffled the team around like a pack of cards – Vincent has been very consistent in goal since his sudden arrival to replace Clarky and deserves the recognition.
The overall ratings decreased again this month. The hope given by Sutton and Aldershot performances has long since been forgotten and it’s defenders again near the top of the list. Michee Efete impressing once more when fit, whilst Liam Davis and Sean McGinty had solid enough months. It’s slim pickings again though – ‘best of a bad bunch’ springs to mind.
Down the other end of the December ratings spectrum, there are some familiar faces. Jennison Myrie-Williams still hasn’t shown anything to merit a place in the squad, Josh McQuoid managed to become very unpopular in a spell at the club with some lazy performances and Jazzi Barnum-Bobb got Xmas off with a terrible challenge against Maidstone. Happy new year!
TT Player of the Month roll-call
August – Ryan Clarke
September – George Dowling
October – Michee Efete
November – Alex Davey
December – Vincent Dorel