December 4, 2022

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THE SECRET SCOUT: Norwich forward Tony Springett has pace, pressing ability and finishing

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Sportsmail‘s resident scout is a top football expert who attends matches every week searching for the next star of the game.

This week, Norwich forward Tony Springett is under his magnifying glass…

WHAT HAS HE GOT?

Fleet of foot, Springett’s pace can cause centre backs problems.

Here he played alongside a taller, stronger and more orthodox frontman and this meant he was forced at times to drop deep to help his midfield.

When he got an opportunity to see space ahead, he was off like a shot and on this occasion he ended up with his team’s two goals in a heavy defeat. 

Norwich forward Tony Springett (centre) has pace, finishing, pressing and a good attitude

Norwich forward Tony Springett (centre) has pace, finishing, pressing and a good attitude

Norwich forward Tony Springett (centre) has pace, finishing, pressing and a good attitude

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Left-footed with slightly hunched shoulders, he showed pace over 15 yards and more sustained speed over 30 to 40. 

What also impressed me was his determination to challenge and press the ball when the opposition won it back. 

He turned well at close quarters, but had little opportunity to show any heading prowess.

The 18-year-old stood out in an average side and is definitely worth monitoring for the future

The 18-year-old stood out in an average side and is definitely worth monitoring for the future

The 18-year-old stood out in an average side and is definitely worth monitoring for the future

WHAT DOES HE NEED?

Had he been playing on the shoulder of the last defender, he would have caused more problems. 

But as mentioned above, his partner was an old-fashioned leader of the line which left Springett a little deeper. I’d like to see him in that more advanced role. 

At times he also needed a clever player to thread passes through into space, but on the whole there was enough promise to want a second look.

At 5ft 9in and fairly strong, he showed a good attitude, was not selfish and was always looking to combine. In an average side, he stood out and is worth monitoring. 

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