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CHELTENHAM TOWN: The striker that Robins want to see back

Following on from the sale of Mo Eisa to Bristol City earlier in the summer, a lot has been made on who will be brought in to replace him, with experienced forwards Tyrone Barnett and Luke Varney the two signed to take on the task of replacing the man who scored 25 goals last season.

Earlier on we asked Cheltenham Town fans on Twitter as to who they would like to see back at the Jonny Rocks Stadium if they were to have the choice between four of the club’s most recognisable forwards: Danny Wright, Steven Gillespie, Billy Waters and of course, Mo Eisa.

Many fans took part in the vote and it shows that the player that Robins’ fans would most like to see back at the club was the man they most recently lost in the shape of 24 year-old Mo Eisa.

Below we take a look at the Bristol City man’s career so far and how much of an impact he had when playing for the Gloucestershire-based side:

Early Career

After playing with the Pro Touch Soccer Academy, (a private football academy based in London), Eisa had unsuccessful trials at various league clubs including: Norwich City, Southend United and Oxford United.

He ended up spending his early football career in non-league football with the likes of Dartford FC, Leatherhead FC, Corinthian FC and Greenwich Borough FC.

It was at his latest club, Greenwich Borough where he was most successful, scoring 57 goals in just 100 appearances in all competitions before deciding to leave the club in June 2017 for his first professional club: Cheltenham Town.

Cheltenham Town

After signing for the Robins on 7 July 2017 on an initial one-year deal, Eisa shortly broke into Cheltenham’s first-team just a month later.

Shortly after making his first-team debut, the striker quickly signed a contract extension with the club until 2020, signifying how much of an impact the forward was having at the club already.

On 6 April 2018, Eisa won the EFL League Two Player Of The Month Award.

An impressive debut year in professional football followed, with the 24 year-old going on to score 23 goals in the league and 25 in all competitions, a club record that was emphatically broken by the Sudanese man.

Awards and accolades soon followed for the striker, picking up the several in-house Cheltenham Town awards, as well as being nominated for the EFL League Two Player of the Season award.

At the club’s awards ceremony, Eisa went on to win the Supporters’ Player Of The Year, Players’ Player Of The Year and the Sponsors’ Player Of The Year.

It was because of this impressive season that soon many top-level clubs began to take note of Eisa, with teams in both League One and the Championship keeping tabs on the Sudanese forward.

Despite plenty of clubs taking interest, it was Bristol City that took Eisa’s fancy with the 24 year-old deciding to join the club in what is believed to be not just a club record sale, but also a £1million sale as well.

Bristol City

In a career that has seen Eisa go from non-league to Championship football in the space of two years, it was always going to be difficult to adjust to the pace and tempo of a league that is several levels to what he is used to.

Since joining in the summer, the Sudanese forward has made 6 appearances for City this season but is yet to score, with many of these appearances coming off the bench.

Although it make look as though the striker has struggled to adapt to the Championship, plenty of Cheltenham fans will believe Eisa can come good as he looks to cement his name as a Championship-level player.

Whilst their have been rumours of Eisa possibly dropping down a few divisions to continue his development and look potentially regain some confidence in his own ability, it seems that if given the time to adapt he can more than adjust to the new challenges that come his way if his impressive Cheltenham Town record is anything to go by.

 

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