Season Preview Part 3 focuses on the TUFC forward options, with Dominic Roman and Matty Hayward finishing off the trilogy by giving their verdicts on the 2018-19 TUFC Attack, featuring :
If we’re talking about the attack this year, then I have to start by discussing new captain Brett Williams. If you’d have told me a couple of seasons ago when Brett was a regular sub under Nicho and accusations of laziness were flying around, that he would be a future captain I would have spat my beer out!
However Brett returned and has obviously impressed Owers with his attitude, not to mention his more slim-line fitness these days. I have to be honest, he wouldn’t be my captain as I don’t think he’s got the natural leadership qualities and is not a guy who you’d necessarily expect to cajol team-mates when we’re 1-0 down away to Hungerford this winter.
However, Brett is one of the older members in the dressing room, a popular guy around the club and the captaincy might just spur him on to an excellent season in front of goal. He’s looked sharp in the friendlies, and a lot of our success during the campaign could depend on him delivering the goods.
Ruairi Keating returning was a turn up for the books and the Irishman has it all to prove of course after a wretched 2017-18. I’m sure he’ll be raring to go if given a chance and RK would love to partner Brett upfront. However, that place could well go to brand new signing Andre Wright. Andre had a mixed time of it on loan last time, with some good and some bad performances. Physically powerful and fleet of foot, the striker has the attributes to be a big success in his second spell, I just hope the confidence and hunger is there to thrive. If it is then the goals could flow.
What more to say about the enigma that is Jamie Reid?! Reidy is clearly a man who wants to be loved, and the jeers he sometimes gets from the Pop do have an impact on the guy. Unfortunately it’s all part of playing the game Jamie and you have to rise above it and show us you’re worth a place in the team. He’s a squad player for me, someone who can cover strikers and wingers, and worry weary defenders with his pace – mentality wise I just don’t think we can count on him in the first XI week after week.
That just leaves Jon-Paul Pittman and young Olaf Koszela. After Wright’s arrival there was never likely to be much space for JPP and he is now on loan to Truro. He’s still got something left in the tank and could be a lively substitute if recalled at any time. I’ve seen very little of Olaf, but he’s highly rated by the club, attracted interest of league scouts and a strong looking lad who could be an exciting wild card sometime during the season.
Until yesterday, we desperately needed to bring in another striker: preferably a target man. Gary’s answer to that question was Andre Wright and – although he’s not a typical target man in the mould of Peter Crouch or John Parkin – I recall him being decent in the air. He’s also a hard-working, sharp and athletic forward and I think he’d work well with Brett.
Brett Williams will be an excellent striker at NLS level and – though I’m not sure he’s the best choice for captain – his leadership from the front will be key if we are to mount a title challenge. Ruairi Keating, new barnet included, has looked sharp in pre-season and he really ought to be given a chance to start with Williams in my book.
I always thought JP Pittman deserved more of a crack last season, and this pre-season he’s looked much fitter and brighter than I’ve seen him before. It’s clear Owers isn’t his biggest fan and he now finds himself on loan at Truro for the season, but I think he can certainly play a part if recalled.
Another man who can certainly play a part in this season is Our Reidy™. Jamie Reid seems to have embraced his title as Popside Enemy Number One and, although he definitely isn’t a 20-goal-a-season striker, he is a versatile hard-worker who fits in well with Williams and he’ll get my support purely because I know how much it annoys most people.