SWINDON Town head coach Luke Williams says that Jermaine Hylton has work to do as he looks to force himself up the pecking order and into the County Ground chief’s plans.
The 23-year-old frontman endured a spell out in the cold after he left Northampton Town’s Sixfields Stadium before the kick-off Valentine’s Day, having discovered he had been left out of Williams’ squad – Hylton was fined for that incident.
The former Redditch United man, who has notched just one goal in League football, returned to training on March 2 but is likely to miss out once again when Town go to Bradford City today, with Nicky Ajose, Jonathan Obika and Luke Norris all more highly thought of at present by Williams.
“He’s not cast aside but the balance of the squad is such at the moment that I don’t see too many opportunities right now,” said the Swindon boss.
“Luke Norris has scored a couple of times off the bench. He’s physically very strong and he’s committed every single day.
“He’s exactly the type of character you would want in your squad. He comes off the bench and tries to cover every blade of grass, and compete for everything, and always looks a threat.
“I think Nicky and Jon have proved over the back-end of last season, and I think since Nicky came back in, that they work very well together, that they provide chances for each other.
“I think Jon gives something that no-one else in the squad can give with his ability to receive a ball over a distance under pressure.
“Nicky has proved himself – I don’t think there’s any doubt that Nicky can score goals and he can assist goals, and I think it’s difficult for Jermaine to make his way into that.
“He needs to be demonstrating every day that he’s ready. People get injured in football, which is part and parcel, and a door opens and you need to prove to the manager and the staff that you want that opportunity.”
Williams also said midfielder Yaser Kasim, who has been out since February will injury and then illness, still isn’t fully fit but will welcome back Bradley Barry from suspension.