Harrison is like a young Bobby Zamora - Westley
Boro boss likens top goalscorer to Fulham and England striker
BORO boss Graham Westley has likened striker Byron Harrison to a young Bobby Zamora.
The 23-year-old scored his sixth and seventh Boro goals on Saturday after moving from non-league outfit Carshalton Athletic on New Year’s Day and his manager believes he has all the ingrediants to become a top striker.
However, he also acknowledges that his young forward still has plenty to learn after spurning a glorious chance of a hat-trick in the second half against the Robins when he walked the ball straight to Scott Brown after being put through one-on-one with the Cheltenham goalkeeper.
“He’s an improving player there’s no question about that,” said Westley.
“He’s scored a poacher’s goal and a very good striker’s goal for the second. I said when he came here that he had everything about him that reminds me of Bobby Zamora.
“He’s got a fantastic ability in the air to drift in above people and at a younger age Zamora lacked the physicality that he’s got now but Byron’s got great potential, make no bones about that.
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“He got beaten senseless that day (in his first match against Gillingham) and I think the physical aspect shocked him and surprised him but he still managed to earn himself a chance that day and that’s what he’s all about.
“He’s been a great learner, he’s working very hard, he’s had a couple of months now to develop his physicality and he’s looking better and better all the time and he’s a real prospect.
“He’ll learn won’t he, which is the important thing (speaking about missing the chance for a hat-trick).
“When you’ve got two, goal difference could be very important in any league and you must never be complacent and must always seek to damage a team as much as you possibly can.
“When you get that one-on-one and there’s a goal to be scored there’s no need to dance around the goalkeeper to put it in the net, and being clinical is an important thing for any centre forward to learn.
“He’ll go away and think about that, though, and will be a better player for it.”