Cheltenham Town v Colchester United: John McGreal's high praise for U's new boys
PUBLISHED: 12:15 15 September 2017 | UPDATED: 12:43 15 September 2017
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Colchester United boss, John McGreal, has highlighted the roles played by his five new recruits, who could all once again play a part in tomorrow's away test at Cheltenham.
Crystal Palace loanee Ryan Inniss has caught the eye in central defence, during his first two outings in a U’s shirt, while midfielder Brandon Comley (QPR loanee) pushed Kane Vincent-Young hard for the man-of-the-match award in the midweek 1-1 draw against Chesterfield.
Fellow new signing Brandon Hanlan, on loan from Charlton, was released off the bench to crown his U’s debut with the equaliser against the Spireites, while Portsmouth loanee striker Nicke Kabamba enjoyed his first start and fellow attacker Sanmi Odelusi was introduced as a substitute on Tuesday night.
“All five were involved the other night, which gives us that extra competition for places,” explained McGreal.
“Ryan (Inniss) is a young man with a really good composed head on his shoulders. You know that you are going to get a lot of aggressive work from him, but the boy can play as well, which we’ve seen already in his first two games.
“Ryan’s been a good influence alongside the younger boys, and he’s important in both boxes. You only have to look at his threat from set pieces, and he’s a big enough lad to take care of himself in our box as well.
“Brandon (Comley) has also done well, in front of him. Ryan is very vocal, and while Brandon doesn’t say much, his performances have been excellent. You know his intentions.
“Ryan has brought stature to the team, but Brandon has brought something different, very similar to Tom Lapslie. He has put himself in the spotlight.
“He is very composed in possession, and has had a few loans already (33 league games for Grimsby in League Two last season) so he is up to speed, which is one of the targets we wanted to hit.
“So we’ve brought in boys who we think can make us better.
“Brandon was slipped into the team after Sean Murray went down injured. You wouldn’t have thought that he’d only just come to the club.
“The challenge for him is now to keep his place in the team,” added McGreal.