Nicky Ajose

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Couldn't get involved today. He looked like a timid schoolboy playing mens football who didn't really want to be there!

I'm sure he's a talent but on today's performance I don't know what all the fuss is about.
Give the bloke a chance, Snoopy. He missed some of the pre-season and it was his first real game. But maybe SEA Grecian has a point in the above post
 

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Give the bloke a chance, Snoopy. He missed some of the pre-season and it was his first real game. But maybe SEA Grecian has a point in the above post
Narrow margins as always in sport. If Nicky had scored his half-chance in the first half we'd all be hailing him as a hero and ignoring the fact he barely touched the ball for the rest of the game. However, given the fate of the last 3 strikers to score opening day debut goals; Hoskins, Abrahams and Forte; perhaps it was better he didn't score.
 

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This was what I feared but in reality it's way too early to say yet. Give him 6 months and then we can form a more realistic judgement.
 

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He's a fox in the box type striker who isn't going to do a great deal outside of it. Taylor needs to get two proper wide men playing and get some service into Ajose and Bowman. That means playing Lee Martin and Randall Williams, getting Law inside and dropping one of Collins or Taylor. Or if he must insist on playing all three then Taylor should be the one going wide not Law. When those three are in the same side together it looks more balanced that way.
 

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He's a fox in the box type striker who isn't going to do a great deal outside of it. Taylor needs to get two proper wide men playing and get some service into Ajose and Bowman. That means playing Lee Martin and Randall Williams, getting Law inside and dropping one of Collins or Taylor.
Agree.

Our front men would also benefit from two full backs who could get out of second gear which would help create space for the likes of Williams, Martin, Law etc in the wide areas.
 

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His career has stalled in recent years so asking a lot for him to produce on Day 1. There is obviously a talent there but it's not going to show itself again immediately. I'm in it for the long haul and not expecting miracles straight away. We need the team to start playing well and create chances first before we judge him.
 

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His career has stalled in recent years so asking a lot for him to produce on Day 1. There is obviously a talent there but it's not going to show itself again immediately. I'm in it for the long haul and not expecting miracles straight away. We need the team to start playing well and create chances first before we judge him.
The problem for Ajose is how the rest of the team play, whenever we play 4 - 4 - 2 we generally seem weak in midfield which means we bulk midfield up a bit by putting an attacking midfielder in place of a striker, as things stand Bowman is one of the first names on the team sheet (and rightly so) which means when we look short in midfield Ajose is going to be sacrificed. As a result I think it's going to be very hard for him to find any rhythm. Unless Taylor solves the issues when we play 4 - 4 - 2 it is going to be tough for Ajose.
 

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He's a fox in the box type striker who isn't going to do a great deal outside of it. Taylor needs to get two proper wide men playing and get some service into Ajose and Bowman. That means playing Lee Martin and Randall Williams, getting Law inside and dropping one of Collins or Taylor. Or if he must insist on playing all three then Taylor should be the one going wide not Law. When those three are in the same side together it looks more balanced that way.
I agree that Taylor should be used out wide stick Law alongside Collins and that would be a decent, well balanced midfield.
 

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It seems to me that like last season we dont have a target man. Based on what we have, it seems that all our goals are expected to come from anybody who gets the chance of a shot? A shoot on site mentality. Surely theres a half decent journeyman type big-outhouse player knocking about? Whats that Rhead character doing, or Akinfenwa?
 

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It seems to me that like last season we dont have a target man. Based on what we have, it seems that all our goals are expected to come from anybody who gets the chance of a shot? A shoot on site mentality. Surely theres a half decent journeyman type big-outhouse player knocking about? Whats that Rhead character doing, or Akinfenwa?
Pete, have you seen the size of Bowman? Whilst he ain't exactly the size of Rhead from The Dog and Duck FC and Hashegotafuckinfatarse he's plenty big enough to do a hold up job when required, wins plenty enough in the air and is damn sight quicker and more mobile than the both of them.
 

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It seems to me that like last season we dont have a target man. Based on what we have, it seems that all our goals are expected to come from anybody who gets the chance of a shot? A shoot on site mentality. Surely theres a half decent journeyman type big-outhouse player knocking about? Whats that Rhead character doing, or Akinfenwa?
Is Bowman not our Target Man?
 

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I sincerely hope not. I know he's a grafter and puts in a major shift, like yesterday, but he's not a goalscorer of any significance. His goal return throughout all the clubs he's played for is extremely low as I recall. I know he scored a deft screamer yesterday, but still..;)
He'll score enough to support Ajose's tally so long as Taylor gets the supply line right to the pair of them.
 

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He's a fox in the box type striker who isn't going to do a great deal outside of it. Taylor needs to get two proper wide men playing and get some service into Ajose and Bowman. That means playing Lee Martin and Randall Williams, getting Law inside and dropping one of Collins or Taylor. Or if he must insist on playing all three then Taylor should be the one going wide not Law. When those three are in the same side together it looks more balanced that way.
Yeah agree with that and a lot of fans that were standing on the bank yesturday were saying maybe take Taylor out and keep Collins in there. Taylor won't be dropped though I doubt being captain.
 

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Bowman has been quality for us, he's strong, he's quick enough, he's decent on the ball, he can link play and he's started scoring goals.

He leads the line very well.

At times Pete you need to appreciate what you have got rather than being so eager to find imperfections.

We have a number of issues in our squad, our options up front aren't one of them.
 

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Bowman has been quality for us, he's strong, he's quick enough, he's decent on the ball, he can link play and he's started scoring goals.

He leads the line very well.

At times Pete you need to appreciate what you have got rather than being so eager to find imperfections.

We have a number of issues in our squad, our options up front aren't one of them.
Judging on yesterday's performance RB and LB is a real problem. Sparkes needs to take LB. Sweeney has to go he's been awful on to many occasions now.
 

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It seems to me that like last season we dont have a target man. Based on what we have, it seems that all our goals are expected to come from anybody who gets the chance of a shot? A shoot on site mentality. Surely theres a half decent journeyman type big-outhouse player knocking about? Whats that Rhead character doing, or Akinfenwa?
We have Bowman who is absolute nails, and Fisher who's also a big target man. We haven't had 2 strikers in the aquad of their size since Logan and McCallister.
 
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