We might be struggling to score goals, but the players we farm out to the League of Wales seem to be finding the net pretty easily.
Steve Abbott got another two for TNS at the weekend, to continue his successful start for them, while Obi Anoruo hit the net for Newtown as well.
Abbot has hit five goals in his six games for TNS and, from what I can see from the highlights on S4C, is playing as a traditional centre forward rather than in the attacking midfield role Dean Saunders bought him for. I must admit that some dubious League of Wales defending has contributed to some of his goals, not least against Airbus a couple of weeks ago when his initial inability to put an easy chance away was compensated for by the defence’s even greater ineptitude at clearing the ball!
I’m not sure what Abbott’s goals tell us. Any player in scoring form is not to be sniffed at, although it might be argued that the defences he’ll come up against while on loan are rather more porous than those in The Conference.
Still, it’d be interesting to have an insight into Saunders’ thinking over Abbott. has he farmed him out to gain confidence from first team play? Or has he decided he made a mistake in making Abbott his first transfer and is looking to put him in the shop window, as he did with Darran Kempson, Carl Tremarco, Nat Brown and others?
Obi, on the other hand, surely has a future at the Racecourse and is just being sent out to get experience. He certainly looks to be taking the opportunity with both hands as he marked his debut with a goal in Newtown’s first win of the season and followed it up by opening the scoring at Llanelli on Saturday with a well-taken one-on-one. Hopefully Anoruo can fill his boots and return to us ready to make an impression, Soon!