Manager Alan Knill says that new loan signing Ade Azeez is so keen to impress that he and Torquay United’s coaching staff are having to tell him to ‘calm down’ at times.
Azeez, 19, from Charlton Athletic, scored on his debut for the Gulls and then played two-thirds of last Saturday’s 3-0 home defeat to York City.
Knill is delighted that he has got the pacy, six foot-plus forward in his squad. “We’re thankful to Charlton for letting us having him, and it’s our job to help make him a League player,” he said.
“Ade had a game for Leyton Orient last season and then got injured. A lot of people rate him highly, and he’s got loads of potential. But when a player wants to do well as much as Ade does, you sometimes have to calm him down.
“At times, trying too hard can actually stop him from doing well, because he becomes anxious. But Ade has settled in well, we’re enjoying having him with us, and we just want to see him progress and use his talent in League games.”
With centre-forward Callum Ball returned to Derby County after his loan ended last weekend, Azeez may well lead the attack at Wycombe Wanderers in League Two on Saturday.
United head for Adams Park without at least seven players, through international call-ups and injuries. They may not be able to fill all seven places on their substitutes’ bench.
Knill and assistant manager Chris Brass have been out on scouting missions this week, although the Gulls’ boss reported: “We’re going to be looking to make additions in the future, but, as things are, we are not going to bring anybody else in this week.”
At least two of United’s substitute spots at Wycombe could be filled by players who have not kicked a ball in anger this season, but goalkeeper Michael Poke and young centre-back Kirtys McKenzie have both trained this week and could be pressed into service.
Poke appears to be over a troublesome thigh muscle tear and McKenzie is back in work after running problems related to his diabetes condition.
“Michael looks OK, he hasn’t had any reaction so far and, although we’re keen to get a reserve game into him as soon as possible, he may be on the bench on Saturday,” said Knill. “Kirtys has trained this week and he looks a lot better than he did a little while ago.
“He’s a player and a person we all like and everyone has tried to do everything they possibly can to help him over a difficult time.”