As Wigan Athletic look set for a return to the second tier, many scouts will be pouring over their team sheets hoping to find the next big thing for their own clubs.
Many will get to Nick Powell and stop, knowing the former Manchester United man is fully of ability, but how many will see Chey Dunkley and give him a second look?
The 26-year old has come up the hard way, through the non-league scene and lower leagues and he now looks set for a spell in the Championship. Should Reading be turning to the former England C international as they search for the recipe to top six success again?
FLW’s famous spotlight shines on Cheyenne ‘Chey’ Dunkley.
The first thing that jumps out when looking at Dunkley’s numbers is his goals tally. Six is a good rerun for a centre half and more than all but two of Reading’s current squad. At six foot two, Dunkley is an imposing figure who has impact in the attacking third where possible.
He has a shot conversion of 19%, meaning he actually gets forward an awful lot for a centre half, but demonstrates a defender’s finishing most of the time. To even be discussing his shot conversion is a positive, it shows a real presence up the other end of the field.
That aerial threat has yielded an assist to, underlining one of his main attributes. Attacking set pieces is only one aspect of a defender’s role, perhaps one of the least important. Does the Wolverhampton-born defender cut it when we look at his defensive stats.
He’s played 39 times for the Latics, in that time he’s only committed 24 fouls. That is a remarkable statistic, pointing to a defender who plays the game the right way. Of course, Wigan haven’t exactly been under pressure all season which perhaps lessens the burden on the defence, but it is still a low figure.
He’s been fouled 19 times himself, surprising for such a big lump of a man, but when you’re fighting for the ball it can always go one of two ways.
The numbers don’t mention that he was recently named as League One Player of the Month, for returning four clean sheets as well as a handful of goals.
Having looked over his stats, there’s nothing in there to demand that Reading make a move for his services.
He’s certainly a big unit and one who is commanding in the air, but one swallow does not make a summer and he needs a season in the Championship under his belt before any second-tier clubs think about breaking open their piggy banks.