Uche Ikpeazu is making progress at Cambridge United
U's striker has found his feet with goal haul
Joe Dunne has praised the progress made by Cambridge United striker Uche Ikpeazu this season.
The 23-year-old striker took his tally to the season to 14 goals when he struck in the 3-1 defeat to Swindon Town.
It is only two short of doubling his total, which was eight, from last season.
“Any other striker will tell you, what he’s got to keep doing and what he does is keep improving in training,” said interim U’s head coach Dunne.
“It could have been another one if his header had gone in [against Swindon]. It’s good for him because it allows him to progress where he started from last season.
“He missed this part of last season, the last few games, through injury. He’s still got an opportunity to add goals to his game, so who knows what he could end up with.
“He could end with 20; you never know.
“I’m pleased for him because it shows progress; training progress and bits and pieces that he is adding to his game – and he is one of many that are doing that.”
Ikpeazu seems settled at United, having spent his early years at Reading and then Watford, a period which included six loan spells.
“He’s been to some clubs, done the loan spell as a young player and here he seems to have found a nest,” said Dunne.
“It’s important that he continues to do it, because he is a young lad and a player that makes an impact, but he is still developing and still needs to learn the game.
“He is by no way the finished article and it’s good for him at the moment that he is in good scoring form.”
Dunne believes the potential is there for Ikpeazu to get better and better, but that it is ultimately down to the application of any individual to deliver on their promise.
“That will be down to him I think; I think that’s down to any player,” said Dunne. “I’ve seen that in my time here, consistent simple messages – if he can relate to that and take it on board.
“It’s like anything. When you go into the classroom and the teacher teaches you math, you’re given homework, you either choose to do your homework or not. Evolve, get better or try.
“We set the tone. The players can allow themselves to learn and everyone here has the ability to improve, whether you’re 23, as Uche is, or 35 or 36; I’m a great believer in that.
“That’s the environment we’ve tried to create in these last seven games. Uche has scored four in seven, but he has to keep working on his game; but it’s not just him, it’s other people as well.”