Who is the man to spearhead the Daggers attack?

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THE enforced break over the past few weeks due to snow and an early exit from the FA Cup has given manager John Still time to evaluate his squad.

With Daggers sitting in the relegation zone in League One, chief among his concerns will be the side’s lack of goals.

Only bottom club Walsall have scored fewer goals than their total of 19 this season and Still will soon be able to wheel and deal when the January transfer window re-opens.

Dagenham & Redbridge correspondent Iain Liddle, evaluates the options the boss currently has at his disposal.


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Gavin Tomlin

Age: 27 Appearances: 13 (2 as sub) Goals: 1 Shots on/off target: 23/10.

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Analysis: Tomlin would have a case for being the most frustrated striker at Daggers this season.

After arriving in the summer on a free transfer from Yeovil Town, he looked red hot in pre-season.

The onus shifted onto him to score after Paul Benson’s departure, but goals have been hard to come by, until opening his account at Plymouth Argyle recently with a superb finish.

He looked the most skilful player at the club even when scratching for a goal.

Verdict: Impressive shots on target ratio and fans will hope the goals start flowing now he has broken his duck.

Bas Savage

Age: 28 Appearances: 9 (5) Goals: 2 Shots on/off target: 8/7.

Analysis: His arrival, shortly after the season started, coincided with the club’s four-game unbeaten run in September, when he scored twice.

Has not found the net since then, but looks the best foil to his many strike partners. Supporters may like to see him in the box more, however his role in the side dictates that he runs into wide areas and chases lost causes.

Verdict: His short-term contract is soon up and is worth an extension until at least the end of the season.

Kayleden Brown

Age: 18 Appearances: 2 Goals: 0 Shots on/off target: 0/2.

Analysis: The West Bromwich Albion loanee and Wales under-19 international did not score in his previous stint at Tranmere Rovers, but boasts impressive speed, an ability to win headers and arrives with a good pedigree.

Seemed to lack a little composure when presented with a good chance to make it 2-0 at Plymouth recently.

Verdict: Still will want to see more of the teenager before deciding whether to renew his loan next month.

Josh Scott

Age: 25 Appearances: 10 (5) Goals: 0 Shots on/off target: 3/13.

Analysis: Josh Scott’s season so far has been decided by small margins.

He leads the Daggers strike force in terms of efforts hitting the woodwork, with his best performance coming against Notts County away, where he could have scored twice.

His displays mirrored the side back in August/September when he worked hard without reward, but has found opportunities hard to come by recently.

Verdict: Remains the striker with the most raw, physical strength at the club, but will need to show more in front of goal, as demonstrated by more than 80 per cent of his efforts flying off target.

Jon Nurse

Age: 29 Appearances: 6 (12) Goals: 1 Shots on/off target: 8/3.

Analysis: The club stalwart is a perennial fan favourite, but unlikely to be charged with providing the goals to help Daggers avoid relegation.

He scored one of the most important goals of the season so far when he put his body on the line to equalise in injury time at Charlton Athletic, but is rarely deployed as a central striker.

Verdict: Offers more impact off the bench. Whatever happens this season, Nurse is likely to still be at Victoria Road next August.

Nathaniel Pinney

Age: 20 Appearances: 0 (1) Goals: 0 Shots on/off target: 0/0.

Analysis: An unknown quantity. Signed on a one-month loan from Crystal Palace in October, which has since been renewed twice, but he is still waiting for his first start.

Regarded as one of the quickest at the club, the youngster has so far played just 13 minutes as a substitute.

Verdict: Impossible to tell. Still must see something he likes in Pinney to keep him around, but everyone else is waiting for a glimpse of his talents.

Medy Elito

Age: 20 Appearances: 2 (1) Goals: 1 Shots on/off target: 1/1.

Analysis: Not a striker by trade, but excelled in a brief cameo playing just off a main frontman in his debut at Yeovil Town.

Impressive conversion rate of one goal from his one shot on target, but should perhaps be shooting more. His cross provided the assist to Tomlin in the loss at Plymouth.

Worryingly anonymous on the left wing against Oldham Athletic, but will improve for being given more games.

Verdict: Elito looks one of the most talented players at the club, but he will be asked to set up more goals than he scores if his loan is renewed.

Damian Scannell

Age: 25 Appearances: 7 (6) Goals: 2 Shots on/off target: 8/6.

Analysis: Scored the winning goal against Swindon Town in what Still called “the biggest win in the club’s history”.

The Robins game was also his full debut for the club and he began all five subsequent games, but was dropped following the 4-0 drubbing at St Mary’s against Southampton.

Verdict: Needs to give fans a reason to erase the memory of his missed open goal from one yard out against Leyton Orient in the FA Cup first round replay.

Phil Walsh

Age: 26 Appearances: 0 (3) Goals: 0 Shots on/off target: 0/0.

Analysis: Has yet to start for Daggers this season and has twice been asked to play centre back, rather than centre forward, when coming off the bench.

Walsh scored three goals on loan at Barnet during his eight games for them in League Two.

Verdict: Useful squad player, but not expected to score the goals to keep the side in League One, assuming he is still at Victoria Road in February.

Romain Vincelot

Age: 25 Appearances: 22 Goals: 5 Shots on/off target: 10/21.

Analysis: Far from a striker, but is the club’s leading scorer with five goals, all of which came from headers.

He last scored at Colchester United on September 28 and, but the fact he is two clear of his nearest rival in the scoring charts highlights the side’s woes.

Verdict: The Frenchman could easily hit double figures before May, but expecting him to be a 20-goal man is too much of an ask.

Danny Green

Age: 22 Appearances: 20 Goals: 3 Shots on/off target: 24/27.

Analysis: Green shoots more than anyone else at the club and duly scored 13 goals last season.

Verdict: it is more important Green acts as chief provider, rather than a predator. Much like Vincelot, double figures should be his aim.

* Essex Senior Cup games have not counted towards the statistics.

Who do you think should be leading the Daggers attack? Have your say in our poll or e-mail your views to iain.liddle@archant.co.uk.

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