Published: 09:10, 07 September 2018
| Updated: 09:12, 07 September 2018
Jamie Coyle is backing new signing Charlie Sheringham to solve Dartford’s lack of goals.
Darts forwards aren’t scoring and the team have found the net just once in open play all season.
It’s a concern for joint-bosses Coyle and Adam Flanagan who have brought Sheringham back to Princes Park.
He scored 34 times in 56 appearances in his first spell and has rejoined from Hemel Hempstead.
The 30-year-old went straight into the side at St Albans on Saturday. Darts lost 2-0 but Sheringham’s class was clear.
Coyle said: “There’s no hiding the fact that we’ve struggled up top.
“None of our strikers have scored after eight games and we’ve scored one goal in open play.
“We need a freshen-up. Charlie’s not 100% match fit at the moment but from what we’ve seen in the first 45 minutes at St Albans he’s real threat and he gives us a different avenue.
“He’s a very intelligent footballer who can play as a target man but also has the quality to score goals.
“Hopefully, he’ll bring that to the team and it takes a bit more pressure off the boys.
“He’s different to what we’ve got and he can secure the ball in the final third and let the other boys play off him. Wherever he’s gone he’s scored goals.
“The key for us is we’ve got a great medical team and strength and conditioning team, so we can manage him on a weekly basis to make sure he stays fit.
“We don’t want to push him too early because he hasn’t played loads of games in pre-season and at the start of the year.
“We got the heads-up he might be available and he’s someone I’ve always admired and found difficult to play against.
“As well as his playing ability, he’s a leader off the pitch and we need that in the dressing room.”
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