Age: 24 *
At Club Since: Summer 2018
Total Club League Appearances (Goals): 40(12) *
Last season’s top-scorer while operating mostly in wide left position, Jordy Hiwula’s importance to the side has perhaps gone underappreciated. An incredibly quick player with good turn of skill, going against Hiwula is a sense that he isn’t quite the most-clinical of finishers – despite being able to get himself in good positions with his pace – and has a habit of going missing when the team isn’t playing well. That first criticism can be countered with his goalscoring record, while the second may be down to Hiwula not being a natural winger.
Heading into the coming campaign, having Hiwula in the squad provides us with a more reliable source of goals than we knew we had entering into last season. Although Mark Robins will be looking to add further goalscorers to the squad, in Hiwula, we perhaps have someone worth looking to shape the team around. Whether that’s adding more accurate passers in midfield to pick him out, setting up as a more concertedly counter-attacking side or playing him through the middle, Hiwula isn’t too far away from being the kind of 20-goal a season striker most clubs are desperate to sign. Hiwula could be on the verge of a big breakthrough season if utilised correctly.
*As of 01/07/2019