Age: 33 *
At Club Since: January 2017
Total Club League Appearances (Goals): 28(2) *
On his debut, Stuart Beavon looked like just the striker that we needed to drag us to survival in League One. Experienced, hard-working, surprisingly physical and competitive in the air for his stature, Beavon tormented Bolton’s six foot four, experienced centre-back pairing of David Wheater and Mark Beevers on his first appearance for the club. Since then, struggles for fitness and the signing of other forwards have seen him shift back into near irrelevance in first-team matters – he was handed a two-year contract in the summer.
It’s hard to see what role Stuart Beavon plays in the side, especially as his physical capacity to play as an unorthodox target-man has diminished with his physical state. He’s not someone who plays with his back to goal, he can’t drop a bit deeper, nor does he get into goalscoring positions often enough to play an effective any other kind of role you’d expect from an experienced centre-forward. It’s a real shame that it’s panned out this way given the promise he showed in his first couple of appearances for us, but I just can’t see what use there is for a Stuart Beavon on the pitch in his current state.
*As of 30/12/2017