SW Player Review 2018/19 – The Strikers

 

Shay McCartan

Courtesy Graham Burrell

It would be hard to be too critical of Shay, would it not? He bagged our 6500th goal, he bagged the goal that sealed promotion and he bagged the Goal of the Season as well. In fact, whenever we needed something out of the ordinary, something memorable and uplifting, he was there.

Who can forget that equaliser against MK Dons which set up the comeback early in the season? That’s my gripe with Shay; take out the wonder strikes and he doesn’t chip in with many the normal ones.


He’s got a terrific volley and when he’s not scoring, he has a driving urgency to his game I like as well


It’s an odd accusation isn’t it? He bagged seven in 43 and I doubt that there’s one you’d call ‘run of the mill’. He’s got a terrific volley and when he’s not scoring, he has a driving urgency to his game I like as well. He reminded a bit of Wayne Rooney, able to carry the ball and bag goals at will.

I just feel that maybe he wasn’t the exact profile of player Danny wanted behind big John. Maybe he needed a touch more pace or a player with a striker’s instinct. For me, McCartan is an attacking midfielder, someone who’ll link play and pop up on the edge of the area. I don’t recall him sliding in at the back stick on the end of a cross and I can only remember one scuffed effort from six yards (Port Vale).

I wouldn’t be upset if he came back next season, he’s a good player and with a little more time on the ball might be more effective in League One. If I’m honest, brutally so, I suspect he’ll remain at Bradford and help them get back up at a level he’s been used to for the last twelve months.

He’s certainly got a place in Imps folklore though and he’s a nice lad to boot.

Courtesy Graham Burrell

 

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