New Daggers man Reynolds tipped to remind supporters of Gayle by former chairman
PUBLISHED: 17:00 03 July 2018
Reynolds began career with Barking, whose chairman believes he will succeed at new club
New Dagenham & Redbridge signing Lamar Reynolds could remind the clubs’ fans of one of their former favourites, according to a man who knows the 22-year-old well.
Reynolds joined Daggers on a one-year deal from League Two outfit Newport County on Monday.
The winger began his career locally, though, having come through the academy at Bostik North side Barking, where Rob O’Brien is chairman.
And O’Brien believes that Reynolds’ style of play is similar to that of Dwight Gayle, who made an impression at Daggers, before going on to play for Crystal Palace and Newcastle United in the Premier League.
“Lamar has an eye for goal. He has great skill, has quick feet and is quite direct in his play,” said O’Brien.
“I’ve seen a lot of players at the World Cup take too much time to make a decision and the chance goes.
“Lamar isn’t like that and he reminds me of Dwight Gayle, who plays a similar way.”
Reynolds moves to Daggers after a frustrating season which saw him end the campaign on loan at divisional rivals Leyton Orient from Newport.
The 22-year-old had earned his move to the Exiles after impressing at Jamie Vardy’s V9 Academy in the summer of 2017, having netted 28 goals in 37 games for Brentwood Town the previous season.
Reynolds will no doubt be looking to show that type of form again with Daggers, and O’Brien believes the winger has every chance of doing just that, adding: “All Lamar needs to be given is a shot at first-team football.
“All footballers are similar in that they give off an air of confidence, but they often need a little boost and the best way to give them that is minutes in the first team.
“If he’s given a chance in the first team, Lamar has the talent to make the most of it.”
After signing for Daggers, Reynolds will certainly be moving back to the area.
And O’Brien hopes he is an interested spectator at one of Barking’s games at their Mayesbrook Park ground at some point this term.
“Lamar is not that far away now and we have always said he’s welcome back at the ground,” he said.
“Hopefully he comes down this season. Since he made his debut for us, he’s gone from strength to strength and that’s something we can use as motivation for the boys we currently have.”