Age: 19 *
At Club Since: April 2016
Total Club League Appearances (Goals): 19(3) *
The expectations for Jordan Ponticelli before he’d even kicked a ball for the first-team were somewhere between Ronaldo and Roy of the Rovers, which obviously, he fell somewhere short of. It was a confluence of Ponticelli’s goalscoring exploits for the under-18 side and the lack of goals for the first-team that saw those expectations balloon with each week that passed without his first-team debut, when he finally was given his chance, Mark Robins chose to break him in slowly, with umpteen late substitute appearances, which did at least serve to reduce the pressure on Ponticelli’s young shoulders.
There were flashes last year that demonstrated why there was such fanfare around Ponticelli, from the movement he showed in his brace against Maidenhead in the FA Cup, the backheel against Notts County, the pure finishing ability against Crawley in an important game for our play-off bid, but with Marc McNulty currently the first-choice goal predator at the club, Ponticelli is understandably down the pecking order. While we are stepping up a level, I would not be entirely surprised if Ponticelli enjoyed a breakout season were he to be handed more regular starting opportunities. As it stands, Ponticell is not only behind Marc McNulty, but also Maxime Biamou and Jonson Clarke-Harris, both of whom offer more outside the area. Without wanting to make Ponticelli into something he’s not, it would probably be opportune to find a loan move for him where he can enjoy more of a starting role.
*As of 04/06/2018