Blues Linked With Former Trialist Striker Thursday, 20th Aug 2020 13:36
Town are reported to be among a host of clubs claimed to have shown interest in Wealdstone striker and former Love Island contestant Dennon Lewis.
The 23-year-old is currently training with Charlton having netted 14 times for Wealdstone as they won the National League South last season. Addicks manager and former Blues midfielder Lee Bowyer is said to be ready to sign the Watford academy product.
However, according to The Sun, the Blues, Sunderland, Huddersfield, Oxford and Leyton Orient have all also shown interest in Lewis, who took part in Love Island in 2019.
Lewis was previously on trial with Town in April 2018 when he played for the U23s on two occasions with his contract with the Hornets coming to an end and it seems likely that any interest dates back to that stint training at Playford Road.
The Blues currently have four senior strikers - James Norwood, Kayden Jackson, Freddie Sears and Oli Hawkins - as well as youngsters Ben Folami, Aaron Drinan, who scored twice at Colchester on Tuesday, Ben Morris, who recently suffered another injury blow, and Tyreece Simpson and it appears unlikely they would look for another striker, particularly an inexperienced one aged over 21 whose wages would count towards the salary cap total.
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To add to the Wealdstone Connection (there are an elite few of us), agree with Dan above, Dennon is a decent player capable of playing League 2 probably but in essence we need to be looking at players with abilities to compete in the Championship. As a sidenote he played LM/LF for stones, so not solely a forward.
Just watched some highlights of him and he does look lively at that level. Not sure if he could jump up without a bump though as I recall Danny Rowe also looked excellent at that sort of level but he found his chances limited for us. I always thought Danny Rowe might have done more for us but it didn't quite work out for him (injuries didn't help his cause). He was starting in most of the games last season when we were top of the League (before he got injured again) but never particularly stood out. He did often look useful in the U23s but struggled to make the full transition from U23s to first team (just as many others have struggled to as well). There definitely seems to be a big jump from U23 football to first-team football. I wonder how well National League South football generally compares to our U23 level football? Wealdstone did finish top last season. https://www.harrowtimes.co.uk/sport/18526955.wealdstone-promoted-national-league
@Linkboy - It seems very likely that Lambert has decided to predominently go with a 4-4-3 formation this season (the 2 sides against Colchester & some things he has said), which means he'll be playing 3 in midfield; one in the deep midfield role who will drop into defence when required - Downes or Skuse; one playing mostly central - Huws or Dozzell; and one in the advanced role - Bishop or Judge. So he will have creativity in there; but also it allows for Vincent-Young & Ward to get forward & create chances from full back, not to mention the 2 wide forwards, (2 from Lankester, Sears, Edwards & Dobra) who all have goals in them. I don't want to get too enthusiastic, and I realise that one or two of those players could well be sold, but it does look like he has a coherent plan in place for this season and the players are good enough if he let's them play to their strengths.
Len Brennan Didn't see this bunch of players creating anything last season. Huws is never going to be the player he was, Bishops being trying to get fit for about 3 yrs and Dozzells not up to it and like Judge who's half decent is too lightweight.
@Linkboy - my point was that it appears Lambert has learned a lesson from last season & is going with a definite formation & plan this time out. The games against Colchester & the signing of Hawkins certainly point to it, on top of comments he has made. Of the many criticisms of him from last year, how he set up his teams for games would be in my top 2; there was too much negativity & little creativity, BUT I would argue that we have (had) more quality creative players in our squad than almost all our rivals. All the chopping & changing stopped any chance of it developing. We have Bishop, Judge, Dozzell, Huws, El Mizouni, Nolan, Nydam, Edwards, Dobra & Lankester; that is more than enough of midfield/attacker creative talent for League 1 football. The key is playing them in the right formation & letting them play.
Ive always said that if 'fat head' in North Korea was to be ever be congratulated for dropping the bomb, it would either have to be on the big brother or love island house whilst it was fully occupied! It takes a certain type of person to watch or appear on something so sh*t and I couldn't support him.
Formations don't win matches players do. Doesn't matter what formation you play without the players it wont work. I was having an interesting discussion with Steve Foley about this couple of seasons ago he said more or less the same.
@Steve D - Yikes, fat fingers & a failure to proof read don't serve me well! Still, if it's exciting football you're after, sacrificing your keeper for another attacker would be a ballsy way to go about it.