“He came into the team for Dover (a) and hasn’t put a foot wrong since” – Matty on Lucas Covolan
Matty Hayward – @MattyHayward96
TT regular Matty presents the TUFC Player Ratings for August 19:
Shaun MacDonald: TT Rating 5.8
A disappointing month for Shaun. He will have felt a lot of pressure when given the number one shirt at the start of the season. I don’t actually think he was that poor, but he was at fault for a couple of goals and you can see why Gary made the change. A long road back to the first team now, but I expect he’ll get another chance and I hope he takes it.
Lucas Covolan Cavagnari: 7.8 – TT PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Came into the team for Dover (a) and hasn’t put a foot wrong since. The Brazilian looks composed on the ball and has pulled off some excellent saves, most notably last weekend against Hartlepool to keep us in the match. He looks like a really good ‘keeper.
Ben Wynter: 6.4
Like many in the team, Wynts will feel that he’s had a mixed start to the season. Consistently alright: solid but not impressive. He’s a good footballer though, and will come good.
Jean-Yves Koue Niate: 6.9
I think Jean has been both better than we expected he’d be in this league and better than fans have given him credit for. He played well against Aldershot, got his goal at Barnet and was solid at Dover. Clearly, he isn’t a top class centre back. He’s occasionally caught flat-footed and he’s not brilliant on the ball. That said, he is very strong; excellent in the air and nowhere near as bad as the abuse he gets.
MOTM – Solihull (a) and Barnet (a)
Kyle Cameron: 6.5
Feel for him after the mistake at Barnet and he’s not been at his best all month. Again though, he’s a decent defender. Calls for an experienced centre half to come in are completely understandable: I too, feel we lack composure and nous at the back sometimes. However, Kyle hasn’t been bad enough to be dropped and our inability to defend set pieces is a team problem – not a centre back pairing problem. I’d stick with them for a little longer.
Liam Davis: 7.1
His return to the side has been very welcome and I think we’ve defended better since. He’d probably admit that he’s still a bit off the pace, hence coming off at Barnet and appearing pretty tired for most of the second half last weekend. I look forward to him coming back into form and fitness as the season progresses.
MOTM – Dover (a)
Kalvin Kalala: 6.0
He’d admit he’s had a poor month. Kalvin is clearly a confidence player and, despite an exciting pre-season, he appears shot of confidence. Tends to have two or three moments of magic per game but nothing has really come off for him thus far (apart from the cross for Andrews at Bromley). I wouldn’t be surprised if he is dropped for Woking and is made to force his way back into the side – perhaps a rest and some time to work on his game would do him good.
Opi Edwards: 5.9
An up-and-down start for Opi. Poor at Solihull, a couple of ineffectual substitute appearances and an excellent performance against Aldershot. Would love to have him back fit because he’s a fantastically exciting winger.
Ruairi Keating: 5.0
I’ve put him in the midfield category but he clearly isn’t one. His only start was at Solihull and he was dragged off before the break. The rest of his chances have come from a handful of substitute appearances. He hasn’t taken any of those chances. That said, he’ll have been rightly furious that he was left on the bench against Hartlepool and I think he deserves a proper opportunity. Gets a lot of unfair stick.
Jake Andrews: 6.7
A mixed month. Works hard, for sure. Played well in the middle against Aldershot, got a goal at Bromley and two assists at Dover. Still needs to do more though, and I think he’s more than capable.
Asa Hall: 6.1
Oh, Ace. We need him to play a bit better because he’s arguably our most important player. We can be an excellent team but we need him to step up because, not only is he our most experienced player but he does the meat-and-potatoes stuff that we need to allow our many attacking players to thrive. We actually played well without him against Aldershot, but I have a feeling that’s because they aren’t very good. When he came off against Maidenhead we lost all shape and organisation. He hasn’t been bad this month, but he needs to improve if we are to improve as a team.
Armani Little: 6.8
Armani is an exciting signing. That goal at Barnet was obscene and pre-season showed there are more screamers where that came from. He keeps the game ticking over, probably more so than people realise. That said, he hasn’t dominated midfield battles this season and he definitely has more in him. Worth being patient.
MOTM – Maidenhead (h)
Connor Lemonheigh-Evans: 7.2
What a player. Has mostly operated as a number ten this season and I think it works. He’s our most technically gifted player (although some would argue Little holds that accolade) and he should be given confidence to create chances and score goals at the top end of the pitch. Got his goal at Bromley and two assists elsewhere. Without wishing to repeat myself, there’s a lot more to come from him as well.
MOTM – Boreham (h), Bromley (a), Aldershot (h)
Frank Vincent: 6.6
Filled in valiantly at left back when required, though it clearly didn’t suit him. He’s barely had a go in midfield and, if we continue to put in ordinary displays like last Saturday, he’s bound to get a chance soon.
Jamie Reid: 6.6
Five goals. Eight games. That makes him joint second in the league. At that rate he’ll score nearly 30 this season. I understand that it’s a small sample size but if anyone still believes he isn’t good enough for this league then I think they need Jack Leach to pop along to Plainmoor and clean their glasses. There’s a hell of a lot more to his game than goals too. Just one assist, thus far, but his hold-up play is superb and he’s great on the ball. Do not doubt The Shagger.
MOTM – Hartlepool (h)
Manny Duku: 5.9
Prrrrrobably, probably, maybe, too soon to tell with Manny. He has only made one start, after all. But I’m not sure he’s good enough. I prefer the 4-4-1-1 formation and, thus, he doesn’t really fit. He definitely works hard and is sharp, but he hasn’t threatened anywhere near enough and is too weak in the air for his size. I hope it works out, but I’m not convinced it will.
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 – Lucas Covolan