Date:Sunday July 13 2014
I know of Craig Westcarr before he came to Pompey, he was a name that I knew of from Forest days and from last seasons exploits with Walsall.
A 'proven goalscorer' is not exactly something that I would say he is, as he has not scored goals season after season has he but in something on an 'Indian Summer' at the tail end of his career perhaps?
What he did prove last season was he knew where the goal was, and at a level above league two, which did bring interest from others at league one level and higher, but like we are to so many our status as a club was a draw to bring him to Fratton.
A-ha, but we have had players that have done this before! Yep I know this, doing a job at league one, or higher, level had often found players struggle to adapt lower down when the did join us for all manor of reasons.
Westcarr will be different though for me.
He has plenty of experience of the lower reaches of the football league but also has a 'big club' mentality to his game from his time with Forest, who are a massive club. So he will not come to Pompey without any understanding of the pressures bigger clubs, with all due respect to the likes of Notts County and Walsall that he has played for, can expect from you.
Another plus, he comes to us at a good age - arguably in his prime?
Goals, quite obviously, win games that is a given...
We started to share the goals around in the end last season, and that is great going forward if we can do that this season that will be awesome but you do need a main focal point.
I know I have said it before, but will say this again - from last seasons top 3 in this division, a couple of them that went up had at least one striker that scored something like 15-goals or more, if Westcarr can replicate his efforts from last season we will have one of our own!
It was also no coincidence that the more clubs that did not have a player capable of getting into double figures, or close to it, at least struggled...
I know that Westcarr will not single handed make the difference this season but us bringing in a striker that not only has experience but also the hunger and desire to do this again could make that difference for us.
For any striker to score they need to have chances created for them, throughout large parts of last season we created chances but they either were not taken or we had no one on the end of them.
How often was a cracking ball delivered but the strikers did not read this or did not show the right movement needed?
I would like to think that Westcarr will have chances carved out for him and unlike our strikers last season with that goalscorers mentality in his mind, and so fresh in it, he will make sure that he IS in the right place at the right time!
You know what, I reckon we will score a fair few goals this season and without putting too much pressure of Westcarr - who I do think will stand up to this anyway mind - we will see him become our first player to score 15-20-goals plus in a season for an age...
Ok, ok, you cannot get carried away after one game, especially a pre-season game and - with all due respect - against Havant but he was 'in the right place at the right time' twice at the weekend so it bodes well if we have 'a poacher' on our hands!
What do you think?
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Date:Sunday July 13 2014
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