Colin Calderwood looking for Cambridge United strikers to get saucey in Sky Bet League Two
Colin Calderwood is seeking the finishing touches to what is Cambridge United’s table for this Sky Bet League Two season.
Jabo Ibehre returns to the U’s fold after a number of weeks out through concussion, boosting the U’s attacking options to five strikers.
Marc Richards and Harvey Knibbs are already off the mark, and Andrew Dallas and Sam Smith have shown plenty of promise so the challenge is now for Calderwood to find the right combinations.
“To be fair to Andrew Dallas, I think it has been a hard introduction for him so we’ve given him a couple of days at home because we headed towards Scotland at Port Vale - it’s in that general area!” he said.
“If there is anyone that has got the right attitude, is professional and is very honest about the levels of performance it’s probably him.
“I think there is lots to come from Dallas and Knibbs. Jabo is back in the group this week so he becomes a very good addition for us.
“Young Sam Smith has worked tremendously hard and has just not had the break at the right time in the box, but was involved against Scunthorpe with good movement that helped someone else, Paul Lewis, score the winning goal.”
The group are at opposing ends of the spectrum, with Dallas, Knibbs and Smith in their early 20s, while Ibehre is 36 and Richards is 37.
“Where Marc and Jabo are very good is their professionalism and their application in training,” said Calderwood.
“It’s why they’ve had longevity as professional footballers.
“They are good markers for everyone in the way they work through the week and Marc has had the real benefit of being able to open his account very quickly and become very influential in not only training, which is helpful, but also the games.
“We need to use that, and we also need to use the energy, enthusiasm, skill and abilities of Sam, Harvey and Andy.
“This is our job now, this is our work, this is the progress that we have to try to make.
“Getting fit and ready for the start of the season is really just laying the table cloth on the table - we've got to go and put some the cutlery, food, plates and a bit of ketchup on."