Dom Roman – @DomRoman
Ed and number-cruncher Dom Roman checks through the TT Match Verdict ratings for TUFC from the Gary Johnson induced goals-fest that was October and reveals our third TT ‘Player of the Month’ of 18-19:
No. Name and October TT Rating
1) Jamie Reid 7.9 – TT PLAYER OF THE MONTH
September’s TT player of the month is also October’s! Reidy continued to play out of skin as October rolled along, with the highlight being his wonderful hat-trick at Eastbourne. The striker has benefited from the pace of Janneh and Kalala alongside him, and the clever interplay of CLE and Jake Andrews, allowing him the chance to get into space and make things happen. Even the below-par WSM performance could have been different if his left foot stunner hadn’t rattled off the crossbar; another stellar month for the striker. Well done Jamie!
Man of the Match – Eastbourne
2) Opi Edwards 7.8
Consistently very good was the story of Opi’s October, as the lightning quick winger scored four 8’s in the first four matches, grabbing two goals as the month drew to a close. The young man will always give team-mates an excellent option down the right-hand side, whilst working back if necessary and showing a real determination for the cause. The sweet finish at WSM into the roof of the net just illustrates his quality and potential as an attacking threat.
3) Connor Lemonheigh-Evans 7.8
CLE had a big month in October, both at United and for the Wales U-21s. The midfielder always wants to get forward and ping passes to the front men; but he can also strike a football and his cool finishes against Winchester put the game to bed. Bristol City are teaching these guys well and GJ will be hoping to eventually build a settled midfield around the Welshman as he continues to flourish at Plainmoor.
Man of the Match – Winchester
4) Asa Hall 7.8
Asa only played 3 out of the 5 games in October, but that was sufficient for him to place 4th in our list. AH hasn’t been the player I thought he would be! His distribution and skill with the football has not been good, but let’s focus on what he can do – a worthy captain, a battler and a constant menace on set pieces. He was missed during the WSM game as the midfield struggled to get a grip and GJ will want him back as soon as possible.
5) Kyle Cameron 7.3
Kyle had a somewhat mixed month, finding top form against Wealdstone, easing comfortably through the two cup games, but struggling at Eastbourne and WSM. I enjoy seeing the centre backs heart and desire for the action, he just has to keep concentrated and make the right decisions in the heat of the battle. Kyle has definitely been the pick of our CBs so far this season and I think he’ll just get better.
Man of the Match – Wealdstone
6) Jean-Yves Koue Niate 7.3
Having Niate back was a real bonus for Gary Johnson and with his muscular and physical approach, he fitted nicely into that defensive unit. On the deck Jean is a little awkward and I think the CBs are generally giving the ball away too cheaply, something that might bite us when Billericay and Woking come to town. Overall a steady player though and an important part of the United team.
7) Saikou Janneh 7.2
Saikou took a little while to find the back of the net, missing a few sitters along the way, but that has not deterred him and he now has a couple in the Yellow shirt. The striker is still a rough diamond for Gary to polish and needs guidance at times, but the lad has a real steely confidence and single-minded approach about him, making him a handful for any NLS defender – plus a suitable foil for Reidy.
8) George Essuman 7.1
Stop-start is how you’d describe George’s season so far. His highlight of 18-19 so far came against Wealdstone, as he celebrated his first goal for United and gave a brilliant display at the back – confidently keeping the home team’s attack at bay with his size and strength. Now another injury for the big guy at WSM saw him subbed before half-time. Frustrating.
9) Kalvin Lumbombo-Kalala 6.9
KLK started his United career on fire, with electric displays against Eastbourne and Winchester showing exactly why GJ scouted him last summer. However, the last two performances have illustrated why Cheltenham released him. The attacker struggled to help his team defensively and showed a lack of tactical awareness – making GJ very frustrated at Wealdstone and WSM. The jury is out on him.
10) Liam Davis 6.8
So much for my prediction that LD would be in the top-5 every month! With Opi on the right, United attacks have often been heading up that side instead of Liam’s; lessening his impact on games. Overall it’s been a quietly solid month for the elegant wing-back though – just no headline performances this time around.
11) Shaun MacDonald 6.8
Man of the Match – Weston-super-Mare
12) Ruairi Keating 6.3
12) Brett Williams 6.0
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
TT Player of the Month roll-call
August – Liam Davis
September – Jamie Reid
October – Jamie Reid