22-year-old striker Olufela Olomola has been impressive so far this season in his performances for Carlisle United, scoring 5 goals in 8 starts for the Cumbrians.
The Scunthorpe United loanee has been the sole striker in Carlisle’s 4-3-3 formation. He has been one of the few positives to his side’s start to the season, as they sit in 16th position in League Two.
Olomola has joined Carlisle on a season-long loan from league rivals Scunthorpe and has hit the ground running in the blue kit. He has previously proven he can perform at the required level for Yeovil Town where he scored 10 goals in 38 games over two seasons with the Glovers. Olomola can pose a threat with both his feet and aerially having scored two of his goals with his head and three with his left foot.
Although goals are the most important part of his game and he has been able to contribute greatly to Carlisle’s tally, scoring over a third of their goals this season, he does leave room for improvement in other areas. He does not directly set up many opportunities for his teammates with no assists thus far and 0.8 key passes / per 90 and although he is the main focal point for the team, he only wins one header / per 90.
However, he does provide an important focal point for his side and is deadly in front of goal, taking 2.8 shots/ per 90 and he also has a shot accuracy rate of 46%. Furthermore, he has an impressive pass accuracy of 80% for a forward player. The worry for Carlisle is that a struggling Scunthorpe team could decide to recall him should the striker should he continue to score goals for the Cumbrians.
Carlisle will be hoping for an upturn in fortunes for the rest of the season and Steven Pressley will be hopeful that Olomola can help his side to climb the League Two table, with tricky upcoming games against Newport County and Crewe providing a challenge for the Blues.