The signing of Tom Dalby on a two-and-a-half-year-deal isn’t the striker that Leeds fans are asking for in this window but he is a prospect for the future, arriving with the high hopes of many at Leyton Orient. I have tracked down an orient fan who has chatted about the player so we can get a rough idea of who we have signed.
Leyton Orient fan (Len) @LenM4
1. Sam Dalby, an unknown for Leeds fans, give us a brief background on his time at Orient?
1. “Dalby became a main talking point with Orient fans for the last 18 months, scoring goals for fun in the youth side. However, as the well documented problems surrounding Orient became more serious, he had to come into the first team. He didn’t disappoint, scoring on his full debut against Crawley. He moved back into the youth setup this season, continuing to score plenty of goals, but he more than showed his qualities whenever given a first team chance for us.”
2. What style of player is Dalby, who would you compare him to in the world of football in terms of his style (not ability) ?
2. “Although given his chance as a out-and-out striker, he’s probably more of a False 9 as he likes to come deep to pick up the ball. Probably a similar style to Tevez as like Tevez, he’s not the strongest of players.”
3. Its a huge step up, he’ll be joining the under 23’s, how long would you expect for him to push for first-team at this level?
3. “He showed his qualities in adapting to league football last season, but does need time to fully adapt to senior football. I wouldn’t expect to see him challenging for the first team at Leeds this season or even next, but there’s no reason why he can’t push forward and maybe challenge for the 2019-20 season squad, especially if he can continue his scoring form in the youth side.”
4. What are your expectations for the player in the future?
4. “Dalby is definitely one of the most talked about youngsters to leave Orient in recent years, following the likes of Steven Alzate and Tristan Abrahams in leaving for bigger clubs this season. But there’s no reason why he can’t make it to the Premier League if he carries on his development, even making a recent Daily Mirror list for young English prospects.”
5. What are his best attributes and what needs working on for his development?
5. “Although fairly tall at 6ft, he’s not the strongest of players, and his confidence in men’s football undoubtedly has taken a hit given his first experience was of relegation to the National League. But these can easily be changed for the better with good coaching/management.”
“His best attribute is without doubt his goalscoring prowess. He certainly knows where the back of the net is. He’s also a very good team player given his style of play.”
A big thank you to Len for helping us with this article. Dalby is expected to be involved with the under 23’s on Friday evening against Barnsley.