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DAN THE FAN: Would Isgrove help or hinder an in-form Town side?

DAN THE FAN: Would Isgrove help or hinder an in-form Town side?


Town’s impressive form continues to turn heads as they made it six straight wins to maintain their spot at the summit of League Two with a comprehensive victory against Grimsby Town.

Despite a couple of the goals not likely to pop up on any greatest goals ever scored YouTube completion video, Town fully deserved all the points.

Another special mention has to given to Swindon’s incredible front two, despite Eoin Doyle taking all the headlines with his outstanding goalscoring run, Jerry Yates continues to remind people how important he is to any potential success this season with a wonderfully taken third goal at Blundell Park.

I know the subject of Doyle and Yates’ future at Town has been worn into the ground and fans must be sick of talking about it, I for one would love to stick my head in the sand and pretend this awkward situation may not arise in less than a month but the fact both these strikers could be recalled by their parent clubs fills me with dread.

Town manager Richie Wellens has said the club has a plan in place if the worst should happen and they’re recalled, but whatever that plan may be, it’s going to be near on impossible to replace these two in-form strikers.

I’m not saying we couldn’t sign some other talented forwards on loan, but even if we did, it’ll be tough to get them integrated into the squad and part of this tight-knit team quick enough to have them replace the goals we’ll lose.

Something tells me Rotherham may want to take a look at Yates with them not performing to the standard they thought they might reach in League One, and Bradford may move some players out of the club to be able to afford and fit Doyle back into their first-team plans.

Hopefully, those if, buts and maybe’s won’t come true and this will be a nothing issue over January and come 1st February this situation would’ve been a fuss over nothing.

But one player we can be pretty confident will be around come February is the recently recovered Lloyd Isgrove.

The former Saints man has enjoyed a superb season overall for Town with some match-winning solo performances, it was great to read his name back on the teamsheet on Saturday afternoon as he was named on the bench after recovering from an injury picked up away at Crawley Town.

With the 26-year-old not playing at all at the weekend I doubt Wellens will want to change his side and will name an unchanged eleven and use Isgrove initially as an impact sub and possibly start him away at Forest Green in a couple of weeks.

But if I was selecting the team and Isgrove is back to near full health I would always use him, regardless of any winning run. The man is one of the best players we’ve seen at the County Ground in recent years and if someone with that ability is available, you pick him.

I would rest Woolery after his recent run of five starts on the bounce, and that’s nothing against Town’s No.11, as he’s been impressive on his return to the team, but Isgrove brings something no-one else can and Oldham won’t be able to handle him this Saturday as he gets back to laying goals on a plate for Town’s potent strike force.


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