Position: Left Full-Back/Centre-Back
Age: 26 *
At Club Since: February 2014
Total Club League Appearances (Goals): 80(3) *
Chris Stokes was probably lucky heading into this season that Ryan Haynes picked up a fairly long-lasting injury during pre-season. There have been quite a few fairly ropey displays this season where he’s looked slightly off-the-pace and looked to be a targetable weak-spot in the defence. Fortunately for Stokes, Haynes hasn’t been able to string together a run of form since returning from injury, which has left the door open for someone to nail down the left-back spot.
At his best for us two seasons ago, Stokes was hardly the most dynamic of full-backs but could be relied upon not to be a weak spot in a side challenging for promotion in League One. Weirdly, despite him not having been brilliant in a League Two side, Stokes hasn’t looked too far below the level he managed at his peak for us – just one or two steps off-the-pace. Whether the long-term injury that saw him miss most of last season still lingers in the back of his mind is affecting his performances is a question only he can answer. If he can up his game just 5 or 10%, we know we’ve got a really dependable left-back to call upon.
* As of 13/01/2018