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1Doncaster393078
2Plymouth391975
3Portsmouth392668

4Stevenage391262
5Blackpool392160
6Luton391960
7Exeter391659

8Carlisle39-259
9Mansfield39558
10Colchester39457
11Wycombe39055
12Cambridge Utd38654
13Grimsby39-252
14Barnet39-351
15Accrington Stanley38-149
16Crewe39-948
17Crawley Town39-1348
18Yeovil39-946
19Morecambe39-1546
20Notts County39-2246
21Hartlepool39-1641
22Cheltenham39-1639

23Newport County39-2133
24Leyton Orient39-2932

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Striker or winger?
Striker or winger?

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro - Is He Really a Striker?

By: Chris Baldock
Date: 07/12/2009

WHEN he joined Town on a free this time last year, he was widely admired for his lightning pace, light first touch and dribbling skill. But Jean-Louis (we're on first name terms) has fizzled out since his arrival. Is this because he is being misused?

Living away from Grimsby in Bucks, I rarely get to games other than the odd away game which we can make in a short time; I haven't seen an awful lot of him. The last time I saw him play he came off the bench for 25 minutes and struggled to get into the game. But having seen him a few times last season, notably against Wycombe where he was excellent, and from highlights I can draw reasonably that his shooting ability and composure matches that of a drunken toddler, surely supported by the 18 games without a goal so far this season. However also having seen him I can see that he appears, as far as I can draw out, to be a top notch crosser of the ball, shown again by the Wycombe game in which he provided the cross for Jarman's goal.

It has been obvious to me for a while that if played on the wings and given an attacking license, he would, in my opinion, create more goals than he could ever score playing up front. The main problem that would be faced would be getting him into the game out wide, but if you can get the ball to his feet, or anywhere in front of him and he can beat the defender to it, he's bound to cause major problems for League Two defences. A key feature of his play when I've seen him play well was dropping back into spaces between midfield and attack to receive the ball and run at defenders and if he can emulate this on the wings and get balls into the box there's no reason he can't develop into one of the best wingers in the league, if not the best.

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