Euell back on the attack

Last updated : 05 December 2008 By Chris C
As one of the high earners, Euell's future was up in the air over the summer and indeed remains so with Saints needing to sell in January. However, when no serious offers came in and the transfer deadline passed, Euell worked his way back into first team contention only for injury and then suspension to halt a potential run in the side.

During his three match suspension Bradley Wright-Phillips found his goal-scoring touch against Reading and then mislaid it again, with Saints unable to find the net in two consecutive 0-0 draws.

On his runouts for the team Euell has shown real leadership and looks set to return to the 'hole', a position in which he excelled during his Premiership days and a role much appreciated by David McGoldrick when playing alongside him.

His return will add competition up front with Lallana, Robertson, Pekhart, Patterson, McGoldrick, Gasmi and Wright-Phillips all vying for positions in the misfiring attacking quadrant. He also adds physical presence in the box, a major shortcoming against Charlton.

He certainly sees his role as helping the youngsters and is champing at the bit to return after the frustration of being suspended for an over-zealous red.

"As most people are aware, we have a very young side this season and although these lads are very talented, it's impossible for them to keep their consistency and fitness going when you're sometimes playing three games in a week.

"It's therefore important for the more senior players, who remain at the club, to help these players through and give the side a bit more solidity.

"I'm certain they all have big futures and that the club will go places in time but in the short-term it's all about safeguarding the team's status as a Championship club and I intend to play my part."

A goal or two would certainly help, but a fit and firing Euell still has plenty to offer.