Player Assessment With a Third of the Season Gone – Pt2

Courtesy of Graham Burrell

It’s time for part two of my look at the current season’s players and assessment.

You know the drill by now, I don’t need introduce what you’re about to read. Reverse alphabetical, we finished with Harry Toffolo which means we’re starting with a reserve keeper or two.

Grant Smith

Smith kept two clean sheets in his six Imps appearances and only finished on the losing side once, as we slipped to defeat against Crawley.

Arguably, he’s been hard done by, now out on loan at Maidstone where he made his debut last night in a 1-1 draw against Ebbsfleet.

Rest assured, you’ve not seen the last of the 24-year old, somewhat surprisingly the senior keeper in terms of age (discounting Slocombe who we don’t own). the reason he;s gone out on loan is to keep playing games, but he won’t be leaving the club and one day I’m sure he’ll be the number one.

It won’t be a sad day when he does get a start either, he’s proven himself to be a decent shot stopper and have a certain command of his area. Joh Vickers is the better keeper, but Grant Smith is a talented boy without a doubt.

Best Moment

He’s kept two clean sheets, the one at Exeter has to be the standout moment. They’re a good side with a big threat going forward but Smith turned in a mature performance that day.



Sam Slocombe

Two on a page? Yes, that’s right. We don’t even have a picture of Slocombe who has slipped into what I like to call ‘Simon Rayner’ territory. He’ll get a run out in the EFL Trophy but, barring a miracle, that is it. If Josh gets injured I’d imagine Smith would be recalled and go straight into the first team.

For that reason it would be remiss to comment too much on Slocombe. For what it is worth, I’ve not been impressed, beaten at his near post against Mansfield and he didn’t get off to a great start conceding four at Blackburn.

Best Moment

I wasn’t at Scunthorpe but I’m told he had a decent game there, which we’ll go with as a best moment.




  1. Rhead is one “L” of a player. He is Lazy. He is Limited. He is Loutish, and should have been sent off at Wembley for that cynical challenge on Shrewsbury’s keeper. He is Laughable, constantly falling over in an attempt to con the referee. As for Legend – nowhere near.

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