Gladwin knows he must find consistency

Ben Gladwin

Ben Gladwin

First published in Sport Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy sports editor, awarren@swindonadvertiser.co.uk, @AndyWarren_

BEN Gladwin admitted his biggest challenge in 2014/15 is to produce his best on a consistent basis, as he continues his transition from non-league football to the professional game.

The youngster joined Town early last season from Southern League Division One South & West side Marlow and, despite showing glimpses of real quality during his 16 appearances last term, struggled to do so week in, week out.

However, with his first professional pre-season now under his belt, Gladwin is aiming to show his quality every time he steps onto the pitch and is keen to show he has what it takes to make a career out of the game.

“I can’t really remember much about the start of last season to be honest and I couldn’t tell you many teams that play in that league, but I’ve moved on a little bit now and I’m pleased with that,” he said.

“I think I’ve still to produce my best in games as often as I’d like to, I’ll have one good game and then a couple of average ones which I need to work on.

“Hopefully I can do that in time and I’m working on it, it’s the biggest thing for me now and that’s something I’ll try and nail this season.”

Gladwin will have to compete with the likes of Massimo Luongo, Louis Thompson, Yaser Kasim and Anton Rodgers for a place in Mark Cooper’s three-man central midfield, with the former non-league man confident of earning substantial game time.

“I’m in and around it all, I’m close I think,” he said.

“We’ll have to see how things go and how the team starts to play at the beginning of the season, but every midfielder offers a different dimension to the team, we all offer something different, so that’s good for the club.

“It might be one week we need someone who offers different ability to someone else, so it’s good to have the options.”

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5:41am Wed 6 Aug 14

california andy says...

One of the few players with size, and also seems to have quite a bit of skill. Perhaps we may have found something here.
One of the few players with size, and also seems to have quite a bit of skill. Perhaps we may have found something here. california andy
  • Score: 12

7:18am Wed 6 Aug 14

stokes_stfc says...

Gladwin can do a decent job in centre mid for us, but too often last year he was played on the wing and i was frustrated time and time again about his poor end product...
Gladwin can do a decent job in centre mid for us, but too often last year he was played on the wing and i was frustrated time and time again about his poor end product... stokes_stfc
  • Score: 3

7:22am Wed 6 Aug 14

old town robin says...

My opinion of Gladwin changed after seeing him have a superb game against Preston. before that he only showed glimpses of what he could do, but apart from the fact it took him a while to adjust to the fitness levels of first team football, the biggest problem he had was Cooper not playing him in his best position. A right winger or striker he is not Mr Cooper, if you play him it has to be as a midfielder where he has shown a lot of promise.
My opinion of Gladwin changed after seeing him have a superb game against Preston. before that he only showed glimpses of what he could do, but apart from the fact it took him a while to adjust to the fitness levels of first team football, the biggest problem he had was Cooper not playing him in his best position. A right winger or striker he is not Mr Cooper, if you play him it has to be as a midfielder where he has shown a lot of promise. old town robin
  • Score: 8

7:23am Wed 6 Aug 14

Psychedelic Syd says...

Stick him in at centre half, he'd be superb.
Stick him in at centre half, he'd be superb. Psychedelic Syd
  • Score: -1

7:24am Wed 6 Aug 14

Psychedelic Syd says...

Stick him in at centre half, he'd be superb.
Stick him in at centre half, he'd be superb. Psychedelic Syd
  • Score: 0

8:01am Wed 6 Aug 14

umpcah says...

You`re doing fine Ben - just keep going with your fitness level and learn from your team-mates.
You`re doing fine Ben - just keep going with your fitness level and learn from your team-mates. umpcah
  • Score: 4

8:07am Wed 6 Aug 14

grove red says...

I think ben could be the surprise player this season, I would like to see him play in the old hoddle roll maybe sweeper as his long passes are i think his asset.
I think ben could be the surprise player this season, I would like to see him play in the old hoddle roll maybe sweeper as his long passes are i think his asset. grove red
  • Score: 2

8:57am Wed 6 Aug 14

ciclosporindorset says...

To gain consistency he needs to play regularly in a favoured position not cameo roles and sub appearances all over the pitch. We do have 3 good midfielders likely to start, we are short of defence minded ball players, Maybe sweeper is the place for him if we don't get Stephens. I too am worried by the 3-5-2 formation as with the players we have a very narrow 4-4-2 using a diamond surely has to be best with full back pushing on and a defence minded midfielder staying back!
To gain consistency he needs to play regularly in a favoured position not cameo roles and sub appearances all over the pitch. We do have 3 good midfielders likely to start, we are short of defence minded ball players, Maybe sweeper is the place for him if we don't get Stephens. I too am worried by the 3-5-2 formation as with the players we have a very narrow 4-4-2 using a diamond surely has to be best with full back pushing on and a defence minded midfielder staying back! ciclosporindorset
  • Score: 5

8:59am Wed 6 Aug 14

Bassett Hound says...

ciclosporindorset wrote:
To gain consistency he needs to play regularly in a favoured position not cameo roles and sub appearances all over the pitch. We do have 3 good midfielders likely to start, we are short of defence minded ball players, Maybe sweeper is the place for him if we don't get Stephens. I too am worried by the 3-5-2 formation as with the players we have a very narrow 4-4-2 using a diamond surely has to be best with full back pushing on and a defence minded midfielder staying back!
This lad is a goal scoring midfielder
[quote][p][bold]ciclosporindorset[/bold] wrote: To gain consistency he needs to play regularly in a favoured position not cameo roles and sub appearances all over the pitch. We do have 3 good midfielders likely to start, we are short of defence minded ball players, Maybe sweeper is the place for him if we don't get Stephens. I too am worried by the 3-5-2 formation as with the players we have a very narrow 4-4-2 using a diamond surely has to be best with full back pushing on and a defence minded midfielder staying back![/p][/quote]This lad is a goal scoring midfielder Bassett Hound
  • Score: 5

12:57pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Wilesy says...

In a 3-5-2 I would start Gladwin as an attacking central mf with Louis and Luongo behind and Kasim on the bench. Cooper though will probably go with Kasim as the holding midfielder and Luongo and Louis in the three with Gladwin given a 10 minute cameo when we're a goal down
In a 3-5-2 I would start Gladwin as an attacking central mf with Louis and Luongo behind and Kasim on the bench. Cooper though will probably go with Kasim as the holding midfielder and Luongo and Louis in the three with Gladwin given a 10 minute cameo when we're a goal down Wilesy
  • Score: 0

1:15pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Vintage Trouble says...

ciclosporindorset wrote:
To gain consistency he needs to play regularly in a favoured position not cameo roles and sub appearances all over the pitch. We do have 3 good midfielders likely to start, we are short of defence minded ball players, Maybe sweeper is the place for him if we don't get Stephens. I too am worried by the 3-5-2 formation as with the players we have a very narrow 4-4-2 using a diamond surely has to be best with full back pushing on and a defence minded midfielder staying back!
A 4-4-2 with the full backs pushing on and a defence minded midfielder staying back sounds a lot like a 3-5-2 to me lol.
[quote][p][bold]ciclosporindorset[/bold] wrote: To gain consistency he needs to play regularly in a favoured position not cameo roles and sub appearances all over the pitch. We do have 3 good midfielders likely to start, we are short of defence minded ball players, Maybe sweeper is the place for him if we don't get Stephens. I too am worried by the 3-5-2 formation as with the players we have a very narrow 4-4-2 using a diamond surely has to be best with full back pushing on and a defence minded midfielder staying back![/p][/quote]A 4-4-2 with the full backs pushing on and a defence minded midfielder staying back sounds a lot like a 3-5-2 to me lol. Vintage Trouble
  • Score: 5

2:22pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Swindon1984 says...

Vintage Trouble wrote:
ciclosporindorset wrote: To gain consistency he needs to play regularly in a favoured position not cameo roles and sub appearances all over the pitch. We do have 3 good midfielders likely to start, we are short of defence minded ball players, Maybe sweeper is the place for him if we don't get Stephens. I too am worried by the 3-5-2 formation as with the players we have a very narrow 4-4-2 using a diamond surely has to be best with full back pushing on and a defence minded midfielder staying back!
A 4-4-2 with the full backs pushing on and a defence minded midfielder staying back sounds a lot like a 3-5-2 to me lol.
Indeed - have said it before but I reckon people can overthink formations - whatever formation you play it's only as attacking or defensive as the players make it. If the midfielders boss the game and consistently get it wide to the wing backs we'll be playing an attacking style of football. Sit back and we're just packing out the midfield. Will have to see how it works out on Saturday, but this kind of formation was employed last year, so maybe not a massive change. A good result against Scunthorpe and no-one will care either way.
[quote][p][bold]Vintage Trouble[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ciclosporindorset[/bold] wrote: To gain consistency he needs to play regularly in a favoured position not cameo roles and sub appearances all over the pitch. We do have 3 good midfielders likely to start, we are short of defence minded ball players, Maybe sweeper is the place for him if we don't get Stephens. I too am worried by the 3-5-2 formation as with the players we have a very narrow 4-4-2 using a diamond surely has to be best with full back pushing on and a defence minded midfielder staying back![/p][/quote]A 4-4-2 with the full backs pushing on and a defence minded midfielder staying back sounds a lot like a 3-5-2 to me lol.[/p][/quote]Indeed - have said it before but I reckon people can overthink formations - whatever formation you play it's only as attacking or defensive as the players make it. If the midfielders boss the game and consistently get it wide to the wing backs we'll be playing an attacking style of football. Sit back and we're just packing out the midfield. Will have to see how it works out on Saturday, but this kind of formation was employed last year, so maybe not a massive change. A good result against Scunthorpe and no-one will care either way. Swindon1984
  • Score: 1

10:44pm Wed 6 Aug 14

ciclosporindorset says...

Swindon1984 wrote:
Vintage Trouble wrote:
ciclosporindorset wrote: To gain consistency he needs to play regularly in a favoured position not cameo roles and sub appearances all over the pitch. We do have 3 good midfielders likely to start, we are short of defence minded ball players, Maybe sweeper is the place for him if we don't get Stephens. I too am worried by the 3-5-2 formation as with the players we have a very narrow 4-4-2 using a diamond surely has to be best with full back pushing on and a defence minded midfielder staying back!
A 4-4-2 with the full backs pushing on and a defence minded midfielder staying back sounds a lot like a 3-5-2 to me lol.
Indeed - have said it before but I reckon people can overthink formations - whatever formation you play it's only as attacking or defensive as the players make it. If the midfielders boss the game and consistently get it wide to the wing backs we'll be playing an attacking style of football. Sit back and we're just packing out the midfield. Will have to see how it works out on Saturday, but this kind of formation was employed last year, so maybe not a massive change. A good result against Scunthorpe and no-one will care either way.
Cooper seems intent on 3 trad centre backs to me even tho he doesn't yet have them - not 2 with a DM. So to me there is a difference between a centre back like Branco and a MF like young Thompson. That Louis is too small is not my point, it's that in the absence of a good selection of trad CB what's there to do. Than slot another in and develop them in that position. Such as Gladwin. then why not go just 442?
[quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Vintage Trouble[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ciclosporindorset[/bold] wrote: To gain consistency he needs to play regularly in a favoured position not cameo roles and sub appearances all over the pitch. We do have 3 good midfielders likely to start, we are short of defence minded ball players, Maybe sweeper is the place for him if we don't get Stephens. I too am worried by the 3-5-2 formation as with the players we have a very narrow 4-4-2 using a diamond surely has to be best with full back pushing on and a defence minded midfielder staying back![/p][/quote]A 4-4-2 with the full backs pushing on and a defence minded midfielder staying back sounds a lot like a 3-5-2 to me lol.[/p][/quote]Indeed - have said it before but I reckon people can overthink formations - whatever formation you play it's only as attacking or defensive as the players make it. If the midfielders boss the game and consistently get it wide to the wing backs we'll be playing an attacking style of football. Sit back and we're just packing out the midfield. Will have to see how it works out on Saturday, but this kind of formation was employed last year, so maybe not a massive change. A good result against Scunthorpe and no-one will care either way.[/p][/quote]Cooper seems intent on 3 trad centre backs to me even tho he doesn't yet have them - not 2 with a DM. So to me there is a difference between a centre back like Branco and a MF like young Thompson. That Louis is too small is not my point, it's that in the absence of a good selection of trad CB what's there to do. Than slot another in and develop them in that position. Such as Gladwin. then why not go just 442? ciclosporindorset
  • Score: 0

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