Before this post begins I’d like to quickly thank everyone for their feedback on my last post regarding James Hanson. Was really chuffed to hear from you all, and is the main reason why I enjoy running this site. Enough of that..
Today our first team report back to training at Calmont Road, Bromley. So far, we’ve announced the signings of two players; Joe Martin and Jordan Archer, both on a free transfer. We know of Archer due to his loan spell in the second half of last season, while Martin brings the unknown, having never seen him play before. To be fair, who would out of choice watch a Gillingham game?
Yesterday on our club website, Harris was quite clear on his expectations and the style of play which Martin brings to the side:
“Joe Martin is exactly that sort. I’ve seen him a lot over last couple of years, he’s attack-minded, full of energy and provides accurate delivery into the box from set plays. More than that, he is an excellent pro, dedicated to his sport, has a good temperament and will be a proper role model for the youngsters.”
A breath of fresh air seeing Harris talk about his signings right? Compared to last season with the puns and jokes Holloway would state. It’s clear that Harris sees Martin as one of his trusted players, often managers need players in the dressing room they can trust to set an example and lead the squad. Looking to the statistics Martin comes across as Harris explains, looks to put a lot of deliveries in the box and his heat map suggest he is willing to get forward down the left flank. He also has a good throw on him which could be an asset if we have a big man up front. He has a good percentage of tackles and challenges, winning 73% and 62% of these, if we compare this to Dan Harding stats for last season, he finished with 65% won tackles, and 56% challenges. Granted, this was in the Championship compared to League One, but it bodes well and shows an improvement defensively.
Martin wasn’t the first name on everyone’s lips to bring in, but it seems Harris is happy to have got his man. And sometimes you have to put trust im with the manager, it might end up a terrible signing, equally Martin could be here for years and go down as a great player.
“At 22 Jordan Archer is a good acquisition who we had to work very hard to prise away from Spurs. He already has over 40 senior appearances to his name and I see him as a genuine contender for a first team spot this season”
These were the quotes from Harris, as already mentioned in previous posts – See here – Jordan Archer comes in as the long term replacement for the out going David Forde. Highly thought of at Spurs, he found it difficult to break into the first team at White Hart Lane, but joins Millwall with a point to prove and wants to make a name for himself. Again, looking at the statistics in comparison to Forde he has a shot-save ratio of 59%, this is down on Forde who has 68%. Pass completion is also less than Forde with 72% compared to 82%, of course all stats are hard to compare with Archer only having played for clubs on loan.
Interestingly, when looking through these statistics it shows to me how crucial Forde has been over the years. Yes, he made few mistakes last season but it also shows how difficult it will be to replace the shot stopper. I believe Archer will be a good signing for us, time will need to be afforded to him, which it seems Harris is more than willing to give. Replacing Forde will be a difficult task but I hope and believe that this will work for us going forward.
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