“He’s obviously come here with a point to prove, and he’s certainly doing that so far” – Marcus on Ben Whitfield
Marcus Arscott – @MarcusArscott
TT Podcast man Marcus presents the TUFC Player Ratings for September 19:
Lucas Covolan Cavagnari: 6.8
It’s been a bit of a mixed month for our resident Brazilian. He has caused some frustration amongst fans for his occasional refusal to come off his line and to challenge the opposition forwards, which was particularly pertinent for Chesterfield’s winner. He also frustrated and confused the fans when he employed some pretty blatant and unnecessary time-wasting tactics with 20 minutes to go against Eastleigh. That being said, he is a fantastic shot stopper and pulled off some spectacular, stretching saves to prevent what looked like nailed on goals. There are definitely some improvements needed to his game, but I’m sure it’ll come fairly soon as he gains confidence and experience.
Ben Wynter: 6.6
Benny Wynts has coped well with the step-up in level and has not once looked out of place against better and more experienced opposition. It’s very easy to forget that the lad’s only 21, he is a good full back at this level and, at the rate of improvement we’ve seen so far, I wouldn’t mind betting that he’ll be a solid league player in a few years’ time. He’s had a consistently good September, largely gaining 6’s and 7’s for his performances. He seemed to struggle against Dagenham at home due to being played in a wing-back role, but overall he’s been as solid as ever and, as mentioned, I think there’s even more to come.
Kyle Cameron: 6.8
After a couple of disappointing games in August, Kyle seems to have found his stride and has been able to find the solidity that we have all missed from last season. His partnership with Cundy is developing well and we all hope that it can flourish into the stable and solid defensive line that on paper, it should be.
Liam Davis: 6.8
Mr Consistent, eh? The experienced full back has had yet another solid month, with only his occasional lack of pace that lets him down. He has all the intelligence, ability and skill that you could ask for and he’s certainly been able to display it this month. I feel that LD’s attacking play could improve with a stable, regular left winger to play with. He pulls together some lovely passing moves which isn’t always read well by whoever’s playing on the wing, which clearly frustrates him sometimes. Let’s hope he can stay injury-free this season.
Robbie Cundy: 6.9
After making his debut against Harrogate, Cundy has shown glimpses of why Bristol City rated him highly enough to sign him last season. The defence as a whole has had a couple of wobbly performances and he is not exempt from those criticisms, but I’m confident that he will settle soon and his partnership with Cameron should develop to its full potential.
Joe Lewis: 7
Joe came in at Woking and immediately showed his quality with a man of the match performance. Unfortunately for the young lad, he was immediately replaced at centre back by Robbie Cundy – but played well enough in two further appearances against Harrogate and Dagenham. He’s a versatile lad who could be a valuable squad player as the season progresses, with the potential to become a regular at centre back if the Cameron/Cundy axis falls short.
Kalvin Kalala: 6.8
Oh Kalvin, why do you do this to us? I still maintain that he’s our most exciting player, unfortunately he’s also our most inconsistent and therefore can be very frustrating to watch. I wouldn’t go as far to call him a ‘luxury player’, but conditions seemingly must be near perfect for him to perform to his full potential. On his day though, his skill and playing style is simply dazzling. This kind of inconsistency shows after an abysmal performance against Dagenham, but he then looked an absolute world beater at Stockport. There seems to be a direct correlation between his individual performance levels and our results, let’s just hope that he can find some consistency soon as it’s pretty much the only thing missing from his game at the minute.
Matt Buse: 6.6
After appearing for precisely 0 minutes through August, said injury crisis has also given him a chance to show us what he’s all about. He’s not a flare player, he doesn’t do anything particularly fancy, but he does the basics of a ball winning midfielder and he does them well. Unfortunately, he is young and in-experienced at this level, meaning that he does make the odd mistake but as he gains knowhow, I think he can be a very good player at this level. Is he ready just yet? I’m not sure, but I’m also not sure that I’ll still be saying that towards the end of the season.
Jake Andrews: 6.9
Jake also suffered with an injury at the start of the month, but when he came back he reminded us exactly why we missed him. He is strong, a good passer of the ball and he is clearly committed to the team. His fitness levels have struggled of late, possibly due to the injury, but that’ll improve with time. I’d like to see him return to the central midfield position with Little when the midfielder returns.
Ben Whitfield: 8.0 – PLAYER OF THE MONTH
My, oh my. How the bloody hell were we able to sign this lad? He is versatile, skilful, has plenty of pace and has made an immediate impression since making (and scoring on) his debut against Woking. He has been largely playing as a winger so far, but he featured in the number 10 role against Stockport and was really able to show his quality. He’s obviously come here with a point to prove, and he’s certainly doing that so far. It can be argued that he’s our best player at the moment.
Frank Vincent: 6.8
It has been our midfield that has been worst hit by the recent injury crisis and Frankie has been given a chance to shine in his preferred position of central midfielder. Like Wynter, it’s very easy to forget how young he is, he plays very intelligently and is brilliant at picking out a pass, but unfortunately it may not always be perfect. Will he retain his place when Hall and Little are back? I’m not sure, but he’s a bloody good player with many years of development and improvement ahead of him. He’ll come good.
Jamie Reid: 6.8
What can I say about Reidy that hasn’t already been said? He’s continued his form from last season and aside from the odd glitch, has looked unstoppable so far. At the time of writing he’s joint top goal-scorer of the NL (Alongside Kabongo Tshimanga, the one that got away) and he shows no signs of slowing down. He scored a sublime solo effort against Stockport and that type of goal shows the amount of quality that he now possesses. Another cracking month for the shagger, long may it continue.
Manny Duku: 5.3
The jury’s been out on Manny since the start of the season, and I’m afraid to say that he still hasn’t really done anything to assure fans that he’s the man for the job of partnering Reid. You could argue that he’s not been given the time or opportunity to prove himself yet, but he hasn’t used the time that he has been given to do anything special. With Whitfield now seemingly first choice as a no. 10, Manny now has limited time to show the fans and the staff that he should be in the starting XI every week. Shame.
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
September – Ben Whitfield