Craig Priest writes…
Another day at the one call stadium and the 13th new face to arrive – but it’s not the arrival of Amari Sterling-James I find myself reflecting on this evening, it’s Steve Evans’ comments that Danny Rose can get 20+ goals next term.
The front man arrived for an undisclosed fee last summer as Adam Murray put together his squad however it’s perhaps fair to say that under the now Boston boss- Rose didn’t bloom.
Rose netted on his debut away at Newport in the seasons curtain raiser but then was sent off three appearances later against Yeovil Town – failing to score for Murray on his return to the side, making a further 11 appearances before the Steve Evans revolution arrived.
Under Evans, Rose scored three in Evans first four games – scoring a total of nine in 27 appearances under the former Crawley boss, that’s around 33% (ish!) success in front of goal – so what’s that, one in 3 or 4?
Speaking earlier today, Evans said “I believe if Danny Rose plays 40 odd games like other strikers that have left here have played, I think Danny Rose will be up near that [20 goals] mark. I think Danny Rose got ten goals from open play in about 16/17/18 starts compared to others that got 13/14 goals taking lots of penalties, so I believe in Danny Rose completely.”
I’m a firm believer that footballers should never be judged on their record on paper, managers and coaches make players – I don’t want to reference Matt Green too much but look at the way in which Paul Cox got him firing – look at how McGuire matured under Murray.
There are lots of examples I could use here but my point is, Rose became a different type of player under Evans – he looked sharper, his movement went from a striker looking to feed on scraps, to a player looking to create and finish – two things lacked, a battle against fitness and service.
Both issues will have been addressed over the close season and if Rose gets his head down, Fitness coach Lee Taylor will get him up to the standard to show those bursts of energy to get into pockets and create finishing opportunities from the first whistle to the last – compared to the 50, maybe 60 minutes he had in the tank last season.
Service is just about the way we play football and I think the players we’ve brought in will raise the bar for players like Rose to thrive in front of goal.
Another plus point is the fact that NOBODY is guaranteed a start therefor no-one carries the mantle of being the out and out goal scorer – Lee Angol averaged one in two on loan at Lincoln, a team who played quick box to box football and won promotion, Jimmy Spencer on paper isn’t a proven goal scorer yet played 25 games last year for a team who played quick box to box football and won promotion – there’s a pattern.
Many today are slightly underwhelmed by the acquisition of Sterling-James, but he’s another player with pace from a quick team who finished a respectable mid-table when many predicted the drop.
Yes when you look at our front line, some will question where the goals are going to come from, but genuinely I think not having that “Green” (reputation) figure plays in our favour – we as a team don’t go “right let’s get it into him” and opponents don’t go “stick three on him” in turn. We have options, we have ability, we have pace and we have players all capable of finding the net.
Evans says he wants two more, a striker and a central player – the important thing now as the players return to work, is they gel and do so quickly.
The anticipation is building up nicely – the new home shirt is out and the grass is growing – what a wonderful feeling it is!
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