Tamworth will get back an ‘unstoppable’ footballer in January says Smith

Gary Smith says Dexter Walters is still a key element of his Tamworth squad despite sending the winger out on loan.

Walters, who has made just three league appearances so far this season, has joined Northern Premier League side Mickleover until January.

With the Lambs struggling for goals, some fans have questioned why one of their attacking players has been allowed to leave.

 But Smith believes the move can be good for everyone concerned and reckons Tamworth will be better off for it when Walters returns.

“He [Dexter Walters] is a confidence player and he can sometimes struggle when it doesn’t go right for him,” Smith said.

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“When he’s on his game he’s unstoppable. He has to feel the love and feel like he’s playing well but he needs minutes to do that in. 

“But his performances have not been what they should be. And he’s not alone – there are others who haven’t been at their best.

“He hasn’t had the longest run in the side of all our wingers so it’s time that he goes out and plays some football. I’m sure we’ll get a fantastic footballer back in January.

“After Christmas when we’ve got the run in and the games are coming thick and fast, we’re going to need every member of our squad.”

Another playing who has struggled to get going this season is Mikey Taylor.

Mikey Taylor (Credit: Lambs Media)

With Creaney out injured, Taylor was expected to pick up the goalscoring baton in recent weeks, something that hasn’t happened.

And while Smith believes Taylor has the quality, he admits he is lacking in match sharpness – and that can cause issues.

“Mikey hasn’t had the opportunities to go out and get the minutes under his belt,” Smith said.

“You can’t have that and then expect him to turn up and be a world-beater and anyone who plays football will tell you that. 

“We have to keep on going and using these cup games to give players minutes because we want to try and keep everybody up to scratch as much as possible. 

“It’s never going to be easy but we’re trying our best. The players who come in are under no illusions about what’s expected of them. 

“We’ve just got to keep plugging away and it will balance itself out. But what we always do is look at the squad and, if there’s room for improvement, we will have a look and see what’s out there.”

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