Sarll backs Godden to hit 20 goals
PUBLISHED: 16:45 24 November 2016 | UPDATED: 16:04 01 December 2016
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Stevenage striker Matt Godden has the ability to score 20 goals a season in Sky Bet League Two, according to boss Darren Sarll.
The 25-year-old forward, who signed for the Lamex Stadium side in the summer from non-league Ebbsfleet United, is already a quarter of the way there having five goals to his name so far this term.
Backing his man, Sarll said: “Matt has been excellent for us all season, imagine coming out of the Conference South and being told to lead the line in League Two, not support a front line, lead it.
“He has got the capability to hit 20 goals and on saying that I know I’m not putting pressure on the young man because the person he is he’d say ‘why didn’t you say 30 gaffer?’
“That’s the type of lad he is.”
Sarll admits the minute he met with the forward he was impressed and despite watching him personally play for less than two games at that time he knew he wanted him in his playing ranks.
“When I first met Matt I had only seen him play one-and-a-half times,” he said.
“We’d had many a scout go over and watch him, I left [that first] meeting, phoned the chairman and said ‘we have to sign Matt Godden, this kid’s a go-getter, he’s not satisfied, he has to go further and I think he’ll use us as the vehicle to go further.’
“Matt as a character endeared himself to me straightaway and I had a sort of an empathy or connection with him with where we were in the stages of our own careers.
“We just had to have him and he’s done fantastic.”
Godden’s season hit a blip as he picked up a knock in the 2-1 home defeat to Carlisle and missed the next two games, however that rest has done him good.
Sarll added: “When he got that little injury it enforced a rest upon himself mentally and physically, when he came out of that injury he looked so sharp.
“He looked like he’d implemented and consumed all the information, the physical demands he’d had in the first two-and-a-half months and it looked like it had settle within him and he’s just come back such a threat.”