The Football League Paper - - MARATHON BET - By Ben Baker

IZALE McLeod can fire his way into the Cham­pi­onship, ac­cord­ing to in­terim Craw­ley boss Dean Saun­ders – even though the Red Devils are cur­rently bat­tling against the drop to League Two.

McLeod, 30, has been a con­sis­tent men­ace for Craw­ley this sea­son, his hat-trick against Barns­ley last week tak­ing his tally to 14 for the sea­son.

And for­mer Wales front man Saun­ders be­lieves his star striker will likely head to greener pas­tures if his form in front of goal con­tin­ues – al­lied to hard graft.

“I said to him ‘get 20 this sea­son and you’ll go up a league’, but he’s got to do the other side, too,” he said.

“When peo­ple come and watch you and pay a trans­fer fee for you, they are look­ing at all the other things – your hold-up play, your brain and set­ting goals up for other peo­ple.

“He has to do all that and get the goals if he wants to go up a league. He can play higher up, it’s still not too late for him. He has bumped into me and I can help him.”

GOALS: Izale McLeod

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