Tranmere Preview: Tactics, Players to Watch and More


Corey Blackett-Taylor


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I wouldn’t want to stereotype Tranmere as a big, defensive unit; Wycombe circa 2017 they are not. That’s why I’ve plumped for Blackett-Taylor out wide, although Hepburn-Murphy might have got my attention had he got a few more outings under his belt.

Blackett-Taylor is 22 and, like Hepburn-Murphy, has arrived at Prenton Park from Aston Villa. The latter is only on loan, but this boy made a permanent move in the summer. He’s a flying winger who has a trick or two up his sleeve and will be looking to get at Neal Eardley. He averages 10.96 dribbles per game, behind only Dembele at Posh and Verlinden at Bolton. Our highest is Harry Anderson on 6.4.

This boy loves to get on the ball but has currently only contributed one goal and one assist in League One. Throw in cup competitions though and its four goals and three assists, with three goals in his last three games. Mickey Mellon looked to keep the former England Under 17 international’s feet on the ground recently though, saying: “He’s still got a lot of work to do off the ball. He has to hold some of those energy levels back and make us a team again when we haven’t got the ball—he can’t leave us wide open.”

Let’s hope he doesn’t take that advice this weekend.