LOUIS Thompson ended weeks of stick from his Swindon Town teammates by breaking his scoring duck recently. Now it’s Jay McEveley’s turn to do the same.
That’s according to manager Mark Cooper, who revealed in his media briefing yesterday that Thompson had been the subject of some gentle ribbing from the rest of the Town squad prior to opening his professional account with the winner against Sheffield United.
The 19-year-old has gone on to net another crucial goal - against Brentford last weekend - to leave his barren spell behind him but McEveley, who has not scored in 118 games, is still to silence his teammates.
Cooper said: “He was getting a bit of stick off the boys a couple of weeks ago because he hadn’t scored - him and Jay McEveley - and obviously Louis has now gone on and got two in a couple of weeks so Jay is now under massive pressure because he hasn’t scored yet.
“He’s under strict instructions not to shoot from anywhere, which he was trying to do last week.”
Thompson’s breakthrough season in holding midfield wasn’t expected to bring many goals but Cooper would not bet against the Wales Under 19 international banging in a couple more before the end of the campaign.
“When you’re a young player it happens,” he said. “You get your first goal and you go on a little run, especially as a midfield player. You can go on little runs and get three or four in a short space of time. He’s been tremendous this year.
“With Louis, he’s got that real athleticism so he can drive forward with the ball, he can run into the box and I think it’s only a matter of time with him because he does have the ability to score goals.”