Welsh hit man holds the key to Forest Green’s Football League survival
Forest Green striker Christian Doidge did what he does best in the Gloucestershire derby on Saturday by scoring yet again for Rovers in the league.
Doidge helped Rovers earn a point against Cheltenham in a hard fought game to keep them three points clear of the drop zone.
The strike was Doidge’s seventh goal in his last five games and took him up to 11 goals in the league this season – more than Accrington Stanley’s Billy Kee and Wycombe Wanderer’s Adebayo Akinfenwa.
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Doidge’s 12 goals in all competitions this season make up 46% of Forest Green’s total goals for the campaign, underlining his importance to the team.
Only Chesterfield’s Kristian Dennis can match this return in the Football League – he is also responsible for 46% of his team’s goals this season.
The Welshman’s exploits draw comparisons to the influence of Harry Kane at Tottenham Hotspur this year.
The statistics more than back this up, with Kane being responsible for 43% of Tottenham’s goals this season compared to Doidge’s 46%. Only Mauro Icardi of Inter Milan has a greater contribution to his team, scoring 53.5% of Inter’s goals this year.
|Player||Goals||% of team goals|
|Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan)||15||53.5|
|Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers)||11||46|
|Kristian Dennis (Chesterfield)||11||46|
|Ciro Immobile (Lazio)||15||45|
|Harry Kane (Tottenham)||9||43|
|Cedric Bakambu (Villareal)||9||43|
|Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)||10||40|
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So far this season Christian Doidge has earned Forest Green 10 points in the league with his goals this season.
His influence to his team is only bettered in the Football League by Oldham Athletics’ Eoin Doyle who has earned his side 14 points this campaign.
In fact, Doidge’s influence for Rover’s is so telling that if you were to take away the ten points his goals have earned then Rover’s would be on just ten points – leaving them bottom of the table eight points from safety.
As it is, Forest Green are on 20 points, three clear of the drop zone with just one defeat in their last seven league games.
One of the best pieces of business Forest Green did in the summer was to sign Doidge on a two-year contract extension and he is rewarding the investment with his spectacular form.
With the star front man nailed down for at least two years and assuming Forest Green can retain their Football League status, they can start to build a team around Doidge and look to become a real force in the league in years to come.