TRANSFER REVIEW: Part One





Harold Odametey:  9/10 

Age: 26
Position: Midfielder
Last season’s performance:
Below is a Video of last campaign


7:07

Apps.  Goals.  Yellow/Red
  44.          1.              7/1

My view:
Harry Odametey was nearly an ever-present in Alan Devonshire’s Magpies XI - not featuring in only 180 minutes of first team action. This record alone is encouraging, signing a player who has had a lot of game time in the National League over recent years, however his goalscoring record may concern a few. He matched Dagenham’s No.6 Robinson’s goalscoring record with a solitary goal last campaign with Harold’s also coming in a close encounter which ended in victory - Odametey scored in his side’s 4-3 win over Aldershot. Though his goalscoring record is undesirable his ability to drive with the ball with an attacking mindset makes him a midfield powerhouse - he stands at 6ft and is a force to be reckoned with. Overall, I rate him a 9/10 as I feel despite his poor record in front of goal I believe he will be a vital part of the title charge also he, in my opinion, is now at the best club he has been at in his entire career where I am sure he will flourish. 

Supporters’ view: 

“Excellent signing. His pressing game, power and work rate is second to none. Will be a fans favourite easily.” ~ Darren Rogers - Dagger

“A whole-hearted trier for Maidenhead who will please and frustrate in equal measure. Prepare yourself for box to box running, multiple stepovers and the occasional misplaced pass.  Best of luck to 'the sauce' “ ~ David Kohn - Maidenhead fan

Josh strizovic: 8/10  

Age: 19 
Position: Goalkeeper
Last season’s performance:
Apps CS  
   0.        0


My view:
The Harold Wood born youngster didn’t feature for The Stones last campaign however, regarded as one for the future, Josh has been tipped by Taylor to exceed the ability of Elliot Justham our POTY. So he is certainly an exciting prospect and could yet be one of the best back up keepers in the league much like Lewis Moore (who he was drafted in to replace). He has already had great spells on loan at the likes of Basildon - becoming a hit amongst supporters - so there is no doubt a bright future is up ahead for the keeper. Overall, I feel this was a decent signing and I am excited to see the local get a run out between the sticks when the time comes. 
Supporters’ view: 

an amazing goalkeeper and an amazing person in general disappointed that I won’t be able to see you anymore” ~ Tommy Whale - A Basildon Vlogger


James Dobson: 8/10 

Age: 27
Position: Midfielder
Last season’s performance:

Apps.  Goals   Yel/Red
  25.        5.           6/0

My view:

Dobson appeared in 13 league games for Paul Doswell’s Sutton netting twice after signing in January from Slough town. He also played 7 times for the Berkshire side last campaign prior to his transfer chipping in with 3 goals. Last season’s record goes to show he has an eye for goal unlike our other midfielders Odametey and Robinson therefore I feel James is a strong addition to the side. Added to his ability to chip in with a goal is his versatility, James can play in an advanced midfield position and on the left, this could be important come the Christmas period with injuries and fatigue when the games come thick and fast. 

Supporters’ view: 

“James Dobson is not a traditional winger. His strengths are crossing, but not from the byline, and has a very good shot and can take a good free kick.” ~ Edward Coomber - Slough town fan 


Joan Luque: 9/10 

Age: 27
Position: Striker/ Winger
Last season’s performance:
Apps.   Goals
   23.          6
My view:

It is safe to say Joan got around last season, playing for three teams in four competitions; Bromley in the National League, Concord in the National League South and Lincoln in League Two and other cup competitions. It was at Concord where he finished and ultimately had his best spell playing 15 games scoring on five occasions, despite his fine form in Essex it was at Ewood Park where he shone. In the Football League cup under the lights though his side slumped to a 4-1 defeat Luque was a stand out player for  The Imps scoring their only goal to equalise. Overall, I have rated Luque a 9/10 as he is a man with some (yet little) football league experience who has proven ability therefore I feel he is probably our best signing to date providing a real attacking threat. 

Supporters’ view: 

Amazing player really liked him at Lincoln and great goal and awesome celebration st Blackburn away good luck mate” ~ Michael Edwards - Lincoln fan 

Reece Grant: 8/10 

Age: 24
Position: Striker
Last season’s performance:

Goals. Apps 
   11      36
My view:

Reece made a fine impact for The shots last campaign after signing in the November of 2018 he went on to score six times in 21 appearances. A goalscorer as well as, experienced striker is Reece in spite of his youth. He also registered 5 goals in 15 games for a struggling Braintree last season however he jumped the sinking ship to join The shots. They
themselves were relegated though dealt some good fortune after being
given a reprieve. One negative is Reece's title challenging experience however he is another versatile player capable of playing on either flank having done so previously on 12 occasions. Hopefully he improves his goalscoring tally this season if he is to be our main man up top hopefully replicating the form of our Irish goal machine. 


Supporters’ view: 

“The only player I would have kept from last season” ~ Aldershot fan

Will Wright 6/10:

Age: 22
Position:  Defender/ Midfielder
Last season’s performance:

Apps. Goals
  31        
My view:

Will is a player who many have mixed feelings over as he often disrupted the flow of the game in his preferred CDM position. This was one issue, his position, that halted his progress at Victoria road which led to (from what I can recall) him playing in at least 3 positions including CDM, RB and CB. Once new players began to arrive following the takeover Wright was used more like a squad player than anything else. However, come the last few games of the season as a result of injuries and what not Will played at RB where many would agree he played his best games as a Dagger. Though now it will be hard for him to break into the starting XI' Wright is certainly a good versatile squad player. Overall, the soul reason behind his 6/10 rating is his inconsistency but I think now he and Peter Taylor both know where he is at in terms of quality and positioning - I am hopeful that will improve.

Bagasan Graham: 7/10 

Age: 26
Position: Winger/ Wing back
Last season’s performance:

Apps.  Goals
   25        2
My view:



Bagasan featured in 26 games for The Fleet last campaign with the left-sided player netting twice. Graham plays anywhere on the left from left back to left wing clearly another very versatile signing - it will be interesting to see where he plays in a Dagenham shirt. Wishing to play further forward may not be a bad move by Graham as Academy graduate Gordon was in fine form last campaign and I would assume he is the first choice left back. Bagasan also said he wants to push on and hopefully have a "successful time at the club”. The man whose preferred position is left wing is certainly a great, versatile asset to this side - looking to make a great impact.



Emmanuel Onariase:  10/10

Age: 22
Position: Central Defender
Last season’s performance:


Apps.  Yel. 
  29.       4


My View:

Manny was an integral part of Peter Taylor’s side last campaign having joined the squad in October - he was one of a few who were brought in to kick start Dagenham’s recovery. Having been a key part of that magnificent winter run last campaign and a steady end to the season Manny Onariase soon became a hit with the fans - he was a player every Dagger wanted to see again in a Dagenham shirt after returning to his parent club. Therefore it was no surprise this news was greeted with jubilation when announced with the club who stated on Twitter “ Some of you may be rather pleased” prior to the announcement. The ex- Miller proves that stopping goals is just as - if not more- important than scoring them with him and Elliot Justham alone winning several points last year by putting their bodies on the line. Overall, I have rated this signing a 10/10 as we know what we are getting with Onariase and his quality is essential in what is now a stellar defensive line which I am sure will keep numerous clean sheets alongside our No.1. 

Supporters’ View:

‘God Bless America is what I say! Manny, so glad you are with us’ ~ Linda Relf - Dagenham supporter

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