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CHELTENHAM TOWN: The strikers which the Robins would want to sign back

Cheltenham Town have struggled for goals this season after the departure of all-time leading goal-scorer Mo Eisa to Bristol City, with recent replacements Tyrone Barnett and Luke Varney taking his place in the starting line-up.

However the experienced pair have only managed to score 8 goals between them, which is disappointing when in relation to Eisa’s record last season, who had already scored 11 on his own by this point of the season.

Eisa is just one of many prolific strikers in the past that have helped them to get to the League Two position they currently find themselves in and below we take a look at just four of the forwards that we mentioned in our recent social media post as well:

1. Danny Wright

The forward signed a one-year deal at Cheltenham Town on 30 June 2015 following his departure from Kidderminster Harriers and it was in his first season where he was most prolific, scoring 22 goals in 43 games to send the Robins back up to the Football League.

In the 2016–17 season, he continued to score goals in League Two, finishing with 11 goals in 51 games. The club themselves managed to score 49 goals this season, meaning Wright scored over 20% of the club’s goals, showing his importance to the Robins when going forward.

However, at the age of 33, it was announced that Wright would leave the club and currently finds himself back in the National League with Solihull Moors, where he has scored 9 goals in 23 games.

2. Steven Gillespie

Having initially joined the club on loan back in the 2005-06 season, Gillespie found himself joining the club permanently on a two-and-a-half-year contract where he went on to score 21 goals in 67 games.

Despite signing a new contract in August 2007, Gillespie handed in a transfer request in the summer of 2008 following an impressive season with the Robins as they finished in mid-table in League One. Less than a week after handing in the request, Gillespie was sold to fellow League One club Colchester United for a fee of £400,000 and continued to score goals for the Essex-based club.

After four years at Colchester and a short spell at Fleetwood Town, Gillespie found himself back in Gloucestershire for one last stint playing four times and scoring once.

3. Mo Eisa

After playing in non-league most of his career with the likes of Dartford, Leatherhead, Corinthian and Greenwich Borough, the young forward was given his chance to play in professional football for the first time after signing an initial one-year deal in 2017 with Cheltenham Town.

Many considered it a bit of a gamble by Cheltenham, but it was a gamble that paid off for both the Robins and Sudanese striker with Eisa going on to score 23 goals in a single season, which saw him break Cheltenham’s record for the most goals scored in a single season.

This caught the eye of Championship side Bristol City, (along with other high-level clubs) and Eisa moved over to Ashton Gate for a record transfer departure at around £1million.

4. Billy Waters

A player with a similar Cheltenham Town past to Eisa, Waters initially joined the club on a one-year deal back in 2015 and went on to score 11 goals in a season which Cheltenham secured promotion back to the Football League.

It was in the following season however where he was more efficient, scoring 16 goals in 55 appearances as Cheltenham secured their League Two status with a 21st-place finish at the end of the 2016–17 campaign and was voted as the club’s Player of the Year and was also named as Players’ Player and Young Player of the Year.

Despite the offer of a new contract by manager Gary Johnson but Waters rejected the offer in search of a new club, which he found in the shape of Northampton Town.

However, he has struggled to replicate his Cheltenham Town form since leaving and currently plays for League Two Cambridge United on loan, playing 18 games and scoring twice so far this season.

 

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