Dover Athletic manager Chris Kinnear faces challenge to get the best out of striker Calum Willock
One of the first problems Chris
Kinnear must resolve as Dover’s new manager is how to get the best
out of Calum Willock.
The much-travelled striker has become something of a peripheral
figure at Crabble after joining from Ebbsfleet United last summer,
mainly because Ben May has made the No.9 shirt his own.
It has meant that Willock
(pictured) has frequently started on the bench and then been asked
to play off the main striker when he has come on, rather than down
the middle which is his preferred option.
The 32-year-old St Kitts and Nevis
international showed where he is happiest with an impressive
contribution, including scoring with a superb overhead kick, after
coming on as a half-time replacement for the injured May during
Saturday’s 3-2 win over Welling.
Kinnear said: "Calum has been
carrying a hamstring injury for a while which may help to explain
why he’s not been figuring more but he’s a top player and it shows
the strength of the squad here when you can bring on someone of his
Willock scored more than 40 goals
in his two seasons with Ebbsfleet during which he played in the
target man role but he had little chance to do the same at Crabble
under previous manager Nicky Forster.
With Billy Bricknell fit again, his
chances of a place in the starting line-up in Saturday’s Blue
Square Bet South game at Weston-super-Mare on Saturday again seem
slim unless May fails to recover from the back spasm which forced
his early exit against Welling.
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