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DAN THE FAN: Player Ratings 19/20

DAN THE FAN: Player Ratings 19/20

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With League Two being brought to an early end following discussions between clubs and the Football League last Friday it’s time to rank the first-team squad on their performances over the 36 games.

(The first-team player needs to have played at least five league games to be included)

Steven Benda – 7.5 (out of 10)

The Swansea loanee enjoyed a superb season at Town as he took full advantage when given the chance last October to replace Luke McCormick, hopefully, the manager can convince the Swans to send him back to SN1 next season. 

Zeki Fryers – 7

The versatile defender played a key role throughout the season as he not only impressed in his normal position but played well as an emergency centre-back and went on to make the role his own.

Danny Rose – 6.5

Due to injuries and strong competition in midfield Rose suffered a stop/start season with his best performance coming against Crewe Alexandra in a 3-1 win at the County Ground with Rose scoring the final goal.

Tom Broadbent – 6

After suffering a poor September, the defender’s season improved game-by-game, as throughout 2020 he looked much more reliable at the back.

Mathieu Baudry – 7

Another player whose season has been dogged by injuries, but when fully fit was a key man at the heart of the defence, I suspect the manager will look to his physio’s advice on whether to offer him an extension to his deal this summer.

Lloyd Isgrove – 7

The former Barnsley man enjoyed one of the best starts seen by a new signing at Town in many years, but due to injuries he struggled to find that same form in 2020, with his current deal ending soon, I would offer an extension as it’s clear on his day he’s a match-winner.

Adam May – 6

Arrived with a big fanfare last summer but never established himself in the first team with better players arriving at the club, resulting in his loan being cut short in January.

Jerry Yates – 8

The 23-year-old was one the key players in Town’s success this season, either playing out wide or through the middle, he offers a goalscoring threat and seems to cover every blade of grass, would love to see him back at the County Ground next season.

Michael Doughty – 8

After receiving a red card in late August at Cheltenham which saw him lose his place in the side, he didn’t become a regular starter again until late October and since then he’s enjoyed another superb season at the County Ground.

Kaiyne Woolery – 6.5

Another inconsistent season from the former Wigan man, when he’s on form he looks unbeatable but those days are rare, with his current deal coming to an end soon I’m 50/50 on whether I would offer him a new deal, big decision for the manager this summer.

Ellis Iandolo – 6.5

The 22-year-old defender had a six-game spell in September where he showed he’s a good, solid wing-back option for the manager, but after losing his place only made a handful of starts, with his contract undisclosed it’s uncertain if it’s up for renewal this summer, but if that’s the case I would offer him an extension.

Scott Twine – 6.5

With the manager signing much better strikers last summer to lead Town’s promotion push Twine wasn’t’ going to be a starter and just made the one start this season, which came in the Checkatrade Trophy at Bristol Rovers, with all his league appearances coming from the bench, but the young striker impressed on loan at Chippenham Town this season.

Jordan Lyden – 7.5

One of Richie Wellens’ best signings last summer as the former Aston Villa man enjoyed a superb first season in Wiltshire, his current deal comes to an end this summer but before his most recent injury he confirmed he was in talks about extending his stay in Wiltshire.

Luke McCormick – 6.5

The vastly experienced goalkeeper started the season as Number One but after a couple of disappointing showings in October was dropped for Benda and has served as back-up since at 36-years-old and with his deal coming to an end soon I can’t imagine it’ll be extended.

Rob Hunt – 7

Since he arrived from Oldham last June the 24-year-old has been Mr. Consistent for Richie Wellens as he puts in a solid display every time regardless of which side of the pitch he’s been asked to play.

Dion Conroy – 6.5

Sadly, another serious knee injury ended the talented defender’s season in late September, but with the club offering Conroy a year’s extension it shows the faith they have in him to return and pick up where he left off.

Diallang Jaiyesimi – 7.5

Similar to a lot of players on this list he suffered a serious injury early on at his time at the club, but since the turn of 2020 the loanee has been one of Town’s most impressive performers with a few assists and goals. I would love to see him back with Town next season.

Eoin Doyle – 9

When the Irish striker signed on loan last Summer no-one would’ve predicted what was to follow as the Ginger Pele became not only one of the most prolific goalscorers in the U.K but the whole of Europe, he finishes with 25 goals throughout the season and no doubt would’ve reached 30 and won the golden boot. Hopefully, he’ll be extending his current deal this summer and can repeat his incredible form next season.

Keshi Anderson – 7

The former Crystal Palace man enjoyed his best season in a Town shirt as he looked dangerous in his attacking midfielder role, the biggest highlight coming on Boxing Day with Keshi taking home the match ball, but sadly due to injury, he didn’t feature much in 2020. He’s another player whose contract ends this summer. I would give him a year’s extension, but it’ll be interesting to see what the manager decides this summer.

Gabriel Zakuani – 6

Signed as emergency cover when Town had a shortage of fit centre-backs, looked decent in a couple of games but out of his depth mostly, rightly released in January.

Dion Donohue – 6.5

The former Portsmouth defender featured in just six games in total for Town over a month and looked a talented player, but sadly issues in his personal life took over and he left the club in November 2019. Once he’s ready to restart his career again hopefully Town will offer the 26-year-old another chance to impress.

Paul Caddis – 8

Six years after he left Town to join Birmingham City the talented wing-back made a surprise return to Swindon last November and fitted straight back into the side with ease and has been one of Town’s standout performers this season.

Anthony Grant – 8.5

After playing a full season in League One the previous year Town took advantage of Grant’s freezing out of the Southend team as the former Chelsea man became the beating heart of Wellens’ side, whether it’s playing as an emergency centre-back or in his preferred role in midfield he never put in a half-hearted performance. Hopefully, the club can tie him down to a longer deal during the summer as it’s clear the 32-year-old has a lot to offer going forward.

Rarmani Edmonds-Green – 6.5

Despite being on the end of a defeat in his Town debut in mid-January the young defender showed he has a very bright future ahead with some impressive performances over the two months he had at the County Ground.

Hallam Hope – 6.5

After failing to land the signing of Hope last summer the manager finally got his man in late January, he hit the ground running with a goal on his debut and scoring against promotion rivals Exeter a week later. He should play an important role in Wellens’ side next season.

Admiral Muskwe – 6.5

The Zimbabwean international acted as an impact sub in his five showings and looked impressive overall, sadly never got a chance to start a game due to the season’s sudden end.

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