Jack Sparkes

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A tough one isn't it because what really is his best position now? I would say he doesn't have the legs to be the attacking player many (including myself) thought he was. I think he's a decent LB these days but reality is Page is better. MT has apparently spoken of potentially signing another LB which would mean Sparkes being pushed further forward, but with Iseguan waiting in the wings I fear it's another stalling season for JS.
Could he move into central midfield? Be a good left footed balance with Collins but be very light weight and don't see much tackling. He has a good range of passing and eye for a shot but just not sure. Strange doubting his defensive ability after a year as left wing/full back but is a different style of defending in the middle
 

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I think the seeming lack of legs from Jack is more a lack of dynamism which he seems to have lost somewhere. Out and out pace isn't the be all and end all in an attacking player (Rowbotham, McDermott) but that change of pace over 5 yards helps to create a yard to deliver a cross or get a shot away. I still think Jack is best as a left sided attacking player (or inverted right side to wind someone up ;)). His best game last season was at Cambridge when he played left wing and got close to Bowman and attacked the six yard area. You want Jack in and around the penalty area with the ball on his left foot or attacking a cross.

I hope Jack has a good off season and returns to pre-season with that dynamism he had back.
 

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I can’t say I’m surprised the manager has made next season make or break for him, consistently poor last season on the whole. I respect the fact he’s had to play left back and LWB at times which isn’t normally his role we know that, he knows that, but in terms of wing or midfield he’s not been any better either, realistically he’s hardly going to be ahead of a fully fit Joel Randall at LW, I can’t see him playing RW again - tried and tested that last season again, poor. Very 1 footed, not blessed with pace either and I’m wondering where he would fit in tbh with signings to come in LB? and wide attackers Possibly. Don’t get me wrong He will get opportunities and some starts again in the XI during the season obviously, but barring injuries and some poor form i very much see him as just a squad player.
 

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His crossing ability is brilliant that seems a good start to me, and I thought he was pretty good in the curtailed season, one of our top players. In the end Randall keeping you out isn't a bad thing.
 

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I'd like to see Seymour given the chance as part of a proper strike pairing. He isn't a No 10 or a target which are the roles he has been continually asked to play. I don't think once he has been allowed to play his own game so he can show where or how he can be effective.
 

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I'd like to see Seymour given the chance as part of a proper strike pairing. He isn't a No 10 or a target which are the roles he has been continually asked to play. I don't think once he has been allowed to play his own game so he can show where or how he can be effective.
Unless he has a storming pre season, that chance will have to come from coming off the substitutes bench and Ben will have to take it this time....I can’t see Matt giving him games so to speak unless there’s real belief that the goals will start to come for him.
 

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I'd like to see Seymour given the chance as part of a proper strike pairing. He isn't a No 10 or a target which are the roles he has been continually asked to play. I don't think once he has been allowed to play his own game so he can show where or how he can be effective.
Will also depend on new signings just don’t think he is good enough I am afraid
 

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I have hope for Jack. He started scoring towards the end of the season and has shown glimpses of quality play. Right call by MT having him focus on being a winger.
 

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Unless he has a storming pre season, that chance will have to come from coming off the substitutes bench and Ben will have to take it this time....I can’t see Matt giving him games so to speak unless there’s real belief that the goals will start to come for him.
Whether it's starting or off the bench he needs to be playing his own game not someone else's and every time he was on the pitch last season he was expected to be Bowman or Jay not Seymour.
 

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I have hope for Jack. He started scoring towards the end of the season and has shown glimpses of quality play. Right call by MT having him focus on being a winger.
Agree with this. I honestly cannot see where other are coming from when they say Sparkes isn't good enough or that he had a poor season. I think his season simply wasnt as good as we had hoped, for one reason or another so consequently weve been disappointed. That doesnt mean the lad cant come good. MT has talked focusing on a more forward role as GP says and the 'make this count' warning from the manager is obviously designed to get Jack fully focused and working his butt off to get his game back on song.
I remember watching him in several academy U21 games so I know in my mind this lad has what it takes. Come on Jack. Show us all what you really can do.
 
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