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Ryan Shawcross speaks out on Jacob Brown at Stoke City

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Former Stoke City club captain Ryan Shawcross has insisted that he has been impressed with Jacob Brown so far this season and backs him to develop into a 15 to 20 goal a season player. 

Brown did not have the most prolific of seasons last term with the forward at times coming under scrutiny for some of the chances that he missed in the final third. In total, he managed to score five goals in his 41 league appearances and was in and out of the starting line-up, with just 27 of those coming from the start. 

However, so far this season, Brown has managed to emerge as a crucial part of Michael O’Neill’s strongest starting line-up. The 23-year-old has already matched his tally for the whole of last season in the Championship and he has also managed to register four assists as well in his 17 appearances. 

The form of the attacker has been rewarded with a callup to the Scotland squad ahead for their games during the international break. That shows that he is starting to attract the attention of others for his performances on the field for the Potters. It is now important that he continues that consistency.

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In his latest column for the Stoke Sentinel, Shawcross has insisted that Brown has really impressed him this season and has been deserving of his Scotland callup. While he also predicted that he could well become the 15 to 20 goal a season player that the Potters have been needing.

He wrote: “Jacob Brown will be oozing confidence at the moment having been named in the Scotland squad for the first time. He should rightly be very proud because his hard work and improvements on the pitch this season have warranted such an opportunity.

“I really like Jacob – he is showing different facets to his game now and truly could go on to be the 15 or 20 goal season a striker we all crave. He is still young and is showing real signs of development – which can only be a good thing for both club and country.

“I have no doubt that he will make an impression if he is given an opportunity to do so in either of their forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Denmark.”

The verdict 

There is no doubt that Brown does deserve a lot of praise for the performances that he has been producing this season for the Potters. It seems he has learned a lot under O’Neill and has come back ready to make a major impression this term.

Brown seems to be a player that has worked on his finishing in the final third and to have nine-goal involvements by this stage of the campaign is a very good achievement for him. The aim now will have to be for him to reach at least double figures for goals, but as Shawcross writes there is no reason why he can not surpass that kind of tally. 

If Brown can continue to improve then he has the potential to become a reliable scorer for the Potters, However, you would have to doubt whether he will become a 15 to 20 goal a season forward as Shawcross suggests here.  

Having said that, with the rate that Brown has improved in the last 12 months or so there is no reason why he can not be aiming at that sort of level of output. His Scotland callup should only hand him more confidence to continue his development as well.


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