8 Alan Power
Alan Power must utilise the ability that saw Nottingham Forest and Hartlepool United offer him two year deals. Indeed during his time at Forest he became reserve captain and was a highly regarded, busy, scheming, tenacious lad, who not only graduated with sufficient honours to earn a two year pro-deal, but also played for the Ireland youth set-up through to the under 21’s.
As a 19 year-old Alan made one first team appearance for Forest against the Posh in (2007) in the FL trophy. He was then loaned to Grays, then a BSP club, but, after his contract at Forest ran down, The Monkey-hangers of Hartlepool stepped in and offered him a two year deal. He made just 8 non-appearance, unable to break into the first 11, before going to Rushden. He was reborn, albeit at a struggling club, with the Imps stepping in, just in time, at the end of the season.
At times you feel he has the ability to run the show, to bob and weave and find that killer pass. His four assists show what can be when he is on his game. But so often, games and midfield battles would pass him by. Perhaps it was the off-field turmoil and morale sapping defeats endured by a side who genuinely expected to fair much better; that saw most of the side disappear into their shells for large periods.
When we were level or a goal ahead he would be a different player, a schemer, someone to up the tempo and quicken the pace. That is what we need more of this season – the positive side of his game. But for that to happen he and Mills must contest and win the mid-field this term. They will come up against some cunning and determined adversaries who also want to fight for the ball and earn the right to play. Good luck Alan, at 24 you are at the cross-roads, as are we, with both parties needing a leg-up and quick.
|Sq no||Player name||Starts||on as sub||BSP Mins||Goals||Shots||Shots on||Assists||YC||RC|
|2002 – 2007||Ireland Youth & U-21||no data||no data|
Posted on July 20, 2012, in Imps Squad Player Pics, Squad, Writers - The Oracle Of Optimism moments and tagged Hartlepool United, Nottingham Forest, Rushden & Diamonds. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.