“Kyle’s excellent in the air, no slouch on the floor and a good leader with or without the captain’s armband”
Matty Hayward – @MattyHayward96
Matty Hayward discusses the TUFC players who made December a triumphant one and reveals our fifth ‘TT Player of the Month’ of 18-19:
No. Name and December TT Rating
TT PLAYER OF THE MONTH
1) Kyle Cameron 8.5
December’s player of the month is Kyle Cameron. The commanding centre-half and occasional captain has had another excellent month at the heart of the United defence. He’s excellent in the air, no slouch on the floor and a good leader with or without the captain’s armband. Despite a dubious sending off in the FA Trophy – and thus missing the subsequent game at Hampton and Richmond – the Geordie has been key in Torquay’s December success. He’ll be important going forward if we are to be serious about winning this league.
Man of the Match – Dulwich, Dartford and Welling
2) Kalivin Lumbombo-Kalala 7.8
Until the last few games, I don’t think we’d seen the best of Kalvin. However, against both Hampton and Richmond and Truro the young winger was superb, scoring three beautifully taken goals. In both of those games he was chiefly deployed on the right-hand side of midfield: a position I think he is better suited to. You’ll have to take my word for it when I say that the first Hampton goal was an excellent finish as the highlights on YouTube are of awful quality. However, his strike to take the Gulls into the lead against Truro was one of the best you’ll see this season: an absolute rocket.
Man of the Match – Hampton & Richmond
3) Asa Hall 7.8
Asa misses out on second on account of not having made a man of the match performance this month. However, his presence since the Welling game has – I feel – been crucial to our continued success. The hirsute number 8 has greatly stabilised our midfield and provided a lot of much-needed experience to the Yellows. His passing range has been much improved, but he’s more in the team for his organisational and battling qualities. That said, his goal on Boxing Day was the pick of the bunch and is a strong contender for goal of the season. A really good footballer having a really good month.
4) Liam Davis 7.6
Isn’t Liam Davis good? He’s just so consistently decent. All of his TT ratings this month have been 7 or more, and that says plenty about how able he is as a footballer. His driving runs give United a great dynamism and he’s a perfectly capable defender to boot. I was surprised we held onto him in the summer and we continue to be reaping the benefits.
5) Jamie Reid 7.5
If I’d told anyone a year or two years ago that Jamie Reid would be disappointed to have scored only two goals in December 2018 they’d have laughed at me or assumed he was playing for Galmpton. However, Reidy has had somewhat of a dry spell since his excellent goal at Dartford but remains joint top scorer in the league. What is often overlooked is that Reidy has hugely improved his all-round game. He holds the ball up as well as any target man and his general build up play has been superb in the last couple of weeks. Of course, he’s had good chances that he’d have liked to have put away, but he’s still a crucial cog in this team regardless.
6) Jean-Yves Koue Niate 7.4
I think he’s pretty good too. You’re never 100% sure you can trust him at the back and I don’t think our defence is as watertight as most would like, but he’s still very good in the air and on his day can thwart any attacking threat in this league. He’s definitely our best option to partner Kyle Cameron and his goal against Gloucester proved annoyingly important.
Man of the Match – Gloucester City
7) Connor Lemonheigh-Evans 7.4
This lad is an exceptional footballer. I feel his low ranking has come as a result of high expectations from the fans. He performed superbly against Truro and getting him signed up for the rest of the season should be an absolute priority. He’s our best player and we missed him against Gloucester for sure.
Man of the Match – Truro City
8) Saikou Janneh 7.4
Another strong month for another strong Bristol City loanee. His partnership with Reidy is looking absolutely lethal and his recent scoring has made up for the Prince’s dry spell. His all-round game probably isn’t quite as good as Reidy’s but his finishing is excellent, see: his goal against Welling as a prime example. He’ll be a serious player, that lad.
9) Shaun MacDonald 7.2
Firstly, I’d like to apologise to Shaun for consistently spelling his name without the first a: I’ll do my best to improve. While I do that, Macca will know his distribution is where he needs to make progress. He’s benefitted from Bass going back and, although it was nice to have two good ‘keepers, I think the former Blyth Spartans custodian is a very good goalie at this level.
10) Ben Wynter 6.9
Ben’s had a brilliant month. He has improved so much since the start of this season and his performance at Boreham Wood was admirable in shocking conditions. I think his ratings suffer from him being unexciting and playing in an unexciting position, but he’s gone from looking like a fish out of water to showing real promise as an able right-back with an excellent work-rate.
Man of the Match – Boreham Wood
11) Jake Andrews 6.9
12) Jamie Sendles-White 6.6
13) Ruairi Keating 6.3
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
November – Connor Lemonheigh-Evans
December – Kyle Cameron