Ed and number-cruncher @DomRoman summarises the TT Match Verdict ratings for TUFC from the thoroughly depressing month that was January and reveals our sixth TT ‘Player of the Month’:
No. Name and January TT Rating
1) Elliott Romain: 7
In a month where displays have hit rock-bottom, winning the TT Player of the Month does not require 10/10 performances. Elliott came in against Bromley and tried to make a difference in a team bereft of…well bereft of anything! He followed that up with a man of the match performance at Macclesfield, leading the line with energy and enthusiasm unheard of in recent weeks – plus there was a poachers goal to boot. Any hope of an unlikely Great Escape III probably rests of him and Brett carving out a prosperous partnership – if goals start flowing who knows.
Man of the Match – Macclesfield
2) Luke Young: 5.6
A mark of 5.6 and second place, yes it’s been that kind of month! When Owers said there was interest in two of our players, I think everybody assumed Young was one of them. The midfielder is still our most dynamic player, and against Bromley when most of his team-mates had thrown in the towel, he was charging around the field trying to inspire better. If we had more players with Luke’s application and attitude, then our league position would not be so bleak.
Man of the Match – Bromley
3) George Dowling: 5.6
Being a teenager and finding your feet at our club cannot be easy. George has been here for a few months now off and on (due to injury) and I’m not sure if Owers knows how to use him. What he does have is some invention in his play, plus willingness to run off the ball. The balance of Barnes/Dowling/Young appeared to work well at Macclesfield, and with the manager set to stick with 3-5-2, this could give us a decent footing in the midfield of the park for Feb.
4) Michee Efete: 5.4
It wouldn’t be a top-5 without Michee! It’s been a tough month for the big defender, and his change of position to full-back/wing-back hasn’t helped. He’s still been one of our better players, but isn’t a natural at providing the overlap and getting in the right positions down the wing. He did ok as wing-back at Macclesfield, but I’d prefer Michee in the centre-back 3 – just as long as he can still gallop forward and dribble past a few men occasionally!
5) Jake Gosling: 5
Jake came back in and instantly became one of our most dangerous players, unfortunately everybody else’s confidence had plummeted so far it didn’t make a jot of difference. He had two very contrasting games at Plainmoor – often sparkling against Eastleigh and terribly wasteful against Bromley. The quick feet are still there, but is there an end-product? Meanwhile fitness-wise I think he’ll always struggle to complete 90 mins. So Jake could become an impact sub rather than starter, as we head towards crunch-time.
Man of the Match – Eastleigh
6) Vincent Dorel: 5
7) Conrad Balatoni: 4.3
8) Liam Davis: 3.8
9) Jamie Reid: 3.8
10) Alex Fletcher: 3.7
11) Ryan Clarke: 3.5
12) Sean McGinty: 3.4
13) Ruairi Keating: 3
14) Tommy O’Sullivan: 2
15) Reece Mitchell: 2
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 to Elliott Romain on being the ‘TT Player of the Month’ for January. He may have only played 2 out of the 4 games (50% being the minimum requirement), but Elliott has come into a side in tatters and led from the front. A man of the match performance and the only 8 awarded in the entire month at Macclesfield clinched it, yes it really has been a horrendous January for player ratings.
Luke Young has yet to win one of our monthly awards, but is normally lingering high up on the list. He has a big heart and clearly loves the club – we can’t say that about many these days. Otherwise George Dowling and Michee Efete have also been with us for a little while now and can be key men in any fight we mount against relegation. In the next couple of weeks we’ll find out if it’s going to be fight or a whimper as we stare into the ‘National League South’ trap-door.
At the other end of the table sit Reece Mitchell and Tommy O’Sullivan. Little winger Reece has only played briefly, so difficult to judge him at the moment. O’Sullivan has been having a nightmare since joining. The Welshman was rightly moved back to the bench on Saturday, maybe he’ll contribute something better in the coming weeks – after a score of zero and a one, things can surely only get better for the young man.
February must include numerous eights and top five performances from the likes of Josh Gowling (who hasn’t qualified for this most months) and the returning Brett Williams. Our future in the National League depends on it.
TT Player of the Month roll-call
August – Ryan Clarke
September – George Dowling
October – Michee Efete
November – Alex Davey
December – Vincent Dorel
January – Elliott Romain