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Alfie May invigorated and has drawn praise after move to ‘number 10’ role for Cheltenham Town in League One

Robins forward Alfie May has impressed in League One after adapting his role to play as an attacking midfielder.

Cheltenham Town boss Michael Duff and Gloucestershire Live reporter Jon Palmer have both heaped plaudits on the natural striker for his attitude and star performances from the midfield this season.

“He’s had a great run of games (in the number 10),” claimed Palmer. “He’s had a chance to get used to it, he’s doing exactly what Duff expects of him and he’s been one of the bright ones,

“You look at the diamond formation they’re using at the moment, it gives that number 10, whether it be May or Dan Crowley, real freedom. He’s had the chance to do what he wants there and he’s thriving,

“He’s someone you want on your side. I imagine he must be a nightmare to play against for a defender.”

Duff also spoke very highly of May in his press conference on Monday morning

At the start of the season, with the club bringing in multiple forwards, it looked as if May would struggle to get into the team. His ability to adapt his playstyle and positioning has helped him to force his way onto the pitch.

“At one point this season it looked like he would have to be patient (to get any game time),” said Palmer. “But he’s really going the right way in establishing himself in the team.

“He’s had a battle on his hands to get into the team upfront this season due to Kyle Vassell and the impact he’s made this season. Also Kyle Joseph, on loan from Swansea, has done really well. With Christian Norton and Andy Williams also in the mix, Alfie has had to carve out another little niche for himself to get himself in the team.”

May scored the winning goal against Oxford United earlier this season

May went through a poor run of form during his first year at the Robins, but bounced back to help his side to the League Two title last season.

“He scored in his first couple of games for the club but then he struggled a bit after the first lockdown.” said Palmer. He came back for the playoffs and he had a lot going on personally, I don’t think he was fully fit.

“But then last season he got himself fit, became top scorer and and scored the most famous goal of the season against Man City.

“He’s taken on extra responsibility now and I think he sees himself as one of the senior players in this team. He tries to advise and guide the younger players.”

Duff spoke in length about May’s impact at his press conference on Monday morning

May has even become chief set-piece taker for Cheltenham, despite the 28-year-old never having corner and free-kick duty before in his career.

“You do set plays in training and we needed someone to send some balls in,” said Duff.

“Then all of a sudden he (May) started sticking everything on the money. He was putting them exactly where we wanted them so ever since then we’ve found ourselves a set piece taker.”

May and Cheltenham Town face Gillingham in the FA Cup first round replay on Tuesday, November 16 at 7:45PM at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

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