Age: 21 *
At Club Since: Summer 2018
Total Club League Appearances (Goals): 22(7) *
The subject of an extended transfer chase, there was always going to be an extra level of spotlight on Conor Chaplin than there would be on any of our other summer signings. While he has been a qualified success thus far, Chaplin’s struggles in front of goal are starting to become something of a consternation. Nonetheless, the forward’s movement, link-play and all-round awareness have improved the team immeasurably since his arrival, furthermore, he has mostly been doing the right things in order to improve his chances of scoring, with the sense that all it will take is some better luck or increased confidence for Chaplin to start scoring for fun.
While Chaplin has done enough at the moment to deserve his place in the side, it is getting closer to the time where his lack of goals could see him drop out. With Jordy Hiwula and even the likes of Tony Andreu and Jodi Jones capable of stepping into Chaplin’s nominal position as Jonson Clarke-Harris’ strike partner/the number 10 role, Chaplin isn’t guaranteed a starting place in the side. This isn’t to say that Chaplin’s place is at risk at the moment, but there might be a time soon where it would be more beneficial for Chaplin’s development to take him out for a game or two rather than continue to put pressure on him to score goals. That sink or swim stage hasn’t quite been reached yet, with Chaplin’s initial impact still very much in his favour, we are though just waiting for that blue touch-paper to be lit because it’s clear he will be a sensational all-round forward when on top form.
* As of 19/01/2019