Stevenage summer signings analysed by Boro expert Owen Rodbard
PUBLISHED: 15:16 21 June 2018 | UPDATED: 15:23 21 June 2018
Passionate Stevenage fan Owen Rodbard gives his lowdown on the eight summer signings arriving at the Lamex as the Dino Maamria revolution gathers pace.
Jamal Campbell-Ryce - Winger
Campbell-Ryce will be well known to Boro fans after being at Barnet for the last two seasons, and from what I’ve seen of him I’m very positive about the signing. He’s a small, tricky winger, with fantastic energy on and off the ball and has good delivery into the box. Considering he’s 35 years old, his stamina and commitment to winning the ball back is more impressive than players half his age – testament to his ability and fitness. He’ll bring creativity and flair to our style of play we’ve lacked in recent years.
James Ball - Centre midfield
At 6’3 Ball definitely isn’t small in stature and dominates in the attacking midfield role. He scored 11 goals last season on the way to taking Stockport to the National League North play-offs. Dino said he’ll start, so expect him to be a box-to-box creative goalscoring type.
Scott Cuthbert - Centre back
Vastly experienced centre back who captained Luton to promotion last term. Solid defender, natural leader and not afraid to put himself on the line when necessary. With excellent positional awareness he’ll shore up our leaky defence. Also a big threat from set pieces.
Michael Timlin - Centre midfield
Everyone recalls his bravery at the Lamex during the Southend play-off when he suffered a serious head against big Bira Dembele. A warrior on the pitch, experienced and a massive signing for Stevenage who needed an experienced centre midfielder to control the tempo of games while at the same time being able to get up and down the pitch.
Emmanuel Sonupe - Winger
The complete winger, pace, skills, strength and a lot of movement on and off the ball. Scored an impressive 10 goals from a wide position which attracted Dino to snap him up. Expect this promising lad to take the game to the opposition and whip balls into the box.
Paul Farman - Goalkeeper
Important Dino bought a permanent keeper to fill the No1 spot following Tom King’s departure. Known for his goal kicks which can reach the opposition box – an indication of we can expect Boro to play next season? – as well as his distribution which could be key in Dino’s quick, attacking style of play. Capable of making brilliant reflex saves and a great ball handler.
Luther Wildin - Wing back/midfielder
Promising, versatile, pacy and strong and will fit into our style of play perfectly. Dino couldn’t believe Wildin was still plying his trade at non-league level after the Boro boss left Nuneaton. An international footballer twice capped by Antigua and Barbuda. A key player in the upturn in form the Dino brought to Nuneaton. Has an eye for goal and will get forward when he can. Don’t be surprised if he gets a game in centre midfield if needs be.
Joel Byrom - Central midfielder
A Stevenage legend, one of the best and most consistent players when I was growing up watching Boro. One of the best passers I’ve seen in red and white and was a key player for Mansfield last season. Great at set pieces, he’s scored many important goals for Stevenage over the years. The strike against Kidderminster was the most important goal in the clubs history and that day will stick in my memory for a long time. Will be interesting to see where Dino plays him and how he fits into our team.
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