Wednesday, October 31, 2012 6:56:19 PM
Scouting Report on Robert Thomson
Striker, Alloa Athletic
When a young player makes his competitive debut, it is usually packed with nerves, shaky touches and anxiety. Not for Robert Thomson, who on his debut for Alloa, scored two goals in 25 minutes after coming on as a sub against Albion Rovers. One goal – an overhead kick- was particularly impressive for a player only 19-years-old.
Paisley born Thomson joined the wasps in the summer, on loan from Dundee Utd until January, and is grateful of his opportunity to shine. He said: “I’m really enjoying it; it's good to get some first team experience at a team that play good football like Alloa”.
He is a unique player- standing at Six foot two; he has a subtle touch, close ball control and a good amount of pace - unusual for a player of his stature.
As you would expect, he is also strong in the air, making him well equipped for the challenge of playing in the lower divisions of Scottish football.
Being a good passer of the ball himself, Paul Hartley will be pleased to have signed a player who likes to play the ball on the deck. The signing of Thomson seems to tie in with the attacking style of play, former Scotland international, Hartley is bringing to Alloa.
The Athletic frontman describes Hartley as “a great manager” and says: “hopefully I can learn a lot from working with him”.
Alloa have begun the season well and now have their sights firmly set on promotion. Thomson says: “We are sitting joint second in the league just now having played everyone once, so if we continue to play well and pick up results we will hopefully be up there challenging come the end of the season”.
Thomson has an impressive 3 goals in 3 starts for the wasps after his debut goals and a strike against Brechin in a 3-1 win. The youngster is now becoming a regular at Recreation Park and looks set to have a bright future in the game.
Fraser Wright, journalist
Article appeared in Cardonald Courier