Ni­chols con­fi­dent he can score 20 goals in a sea­son

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Come on Boro -

Tom Ni­chols is con­fi­dent he can be­come the next 20-goals-a-sea­son Posh striker. Ni­chols suf­fered a frus­trat­ing time at the ABAX Sta­dium fol­low­ing his Jan­uary trans­fer from Ex­eter City.

He scored a win­ning goal on his de­but at Ch­ester­field, but didn’t score again as he suf­fered from pre­vi­ous man­ager Gra­ham West­ley’s ran­dom se­lec­tion pol­icy as well as a knee in­jury which ended his sea­son early.

But the 22 year-old is fight­ing fit again and des­per­ate to prove him­self at League One level.

The 20-goals-in-a-sea­son prediction i s a bold one though. On­lyPosh­great­sBritt As­som­ba­longa, CraigMack­ailSmith and Aaron Mclean have achieved it in a Foot­ball League cam­paign in the last decade.

“I be­lieve 100 per cent I can score20­goals,” Ni­cholsstated. “I can score goals in any team.

“I know I haven’t started bang­ing them in here yet, but with enough game time I can do it. Ob­vi­ously I have to play well enough to get in the team and then stay there.

“Last sea­son was frus­trat­ing as I came here on the back of scor­ing plenty of goals for Ex­eter. I scored on my de­but here, played in the next game and didn’t score, and then I was left out.

“It was dis­ap­point­ing, but I can blame my­self for that as I ob­vi­ously didn’t play well enoughtoim­press­the­m­an­ager. Andthenof­courseIpicked up­an­in­jurysoit­wasabadfin­ish to the sea­son.

“But I look at our squad now and I see an abun­dance of tal­ent, and that makes me con­fi­dent­thetea­mand­my­self can have a great sea­son.

“We have some great tech­ni­cians at the club and we will cre­ate lots of chances and there­fore score loads of goals.

“Paul Tay­lor will be an amaz­ingsign­ing. I couldn’tbe­lieve what I was watch­ing on the­first­day­hetrained­withus this sum­mer.

“He is a great run­ner with the ball and goes past de­fend­ers so eas­ily he can’t fail to open­team­sup­which­will­help play­ers like me.

“I’ve en­joyed the sum­mer so far. I was still find­ing my fit­ness for the first cou­ple of weeks, but I feel fully fit now and rar­ing to go.

“I’ve been­work­ing­hardon im­provin­gaspect­sofmygame and there is still plenty of im­prove­ment to come, but I will get there.

“The new man­ager has been bril­liant. Train­ing has been re­ally good and he has left us in no doubt how he ex­pects us to play.

“He wants an all-ac­tion style with plenty of pos­ses­sion. He will also be ruth­less enough to leave play­ers out who don’t pe­form how he wants.

“I have a great feel­ing about this sea­son. When you have un­be­liev­able young tal­ents like Leo Da Silva Lopes in your squad, you should be con­fi­dent.

“I don’t think we should just aim for pro­mo­tion. We should aim to be­come cham­pi­ons.

“Why not aim for first, rather than sec­ond or third?”

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