utmp dissect the Loathed Strangers: Swindon Town Podcast (LSPOD) with Ben Wills, Conor Garratt and Rich Pullen, to gain more of an insight into new signing Keshi Anderson.
The LSPOD podcast was recorded last month and discussed Keshi’s career to date, including his football upbringing at Luton and Watford before he dropped back into non league, getting his big break at Swindon at the age of 22.
Keshi was offered new terms with the Robins, which he told the pod last month were close to being finalised. Luckily for Pool fans, he turned the contract down in the end having reviewed his options and being allured to play in the famous tangerine.
Interestingly, despite the fact that it’s widely reported that he’s a winger, Keshi admitted he “hates playing on the wing” and prefers to play as a number 8 or number 10. Hopefully that’s something that Critchley and the recruitment team are well aware of, and we should expect him to roam freely in a similar role to that of GTF, Grandin and Jason Puncheon under Holloway.
Speaking during his unveiling at Bloomfield Road, Keshi said he was fully set on Blackpool after speaking to Sully Kaikai and Gary Madine, who the player had previously played with at Crystal Palace and Bolton respectively.
Keshi is clearly a player who likes to get on the ball and make things happen, something that we sorely missed last season, especially while Kaikai was out injured for long periods.
Speaking to LSPOD, Keshi explained: “I played as a centre midfielder as a kid, purely based on I just wanted the ball all the time so that was the best way to do it… both years I finished as top scorer so I think that’s why when Watford came in for me they put me on the wing. That and because I was ‘too small to play anywhere else’.”
Keshi has clearly been frustrated over his career when being shoved out on the wing, which is hopefully something the Blackpool scouting team is aware of.
After having been released by Watford, Anderson had a choice between Luton’s academy and going back playing with his friends at Barton Rovers, choosing the latter to find more to re-find his love for the game and the enjoyment of playing football at a local level. This is a decision he says was pivotal in his development, and the values stay with him after over 100 appearances for Swindon.
“For me, if I’m not enjoying my football, I don’t think I play nowhere near as I do… when I realised I needed to find that love again, it helped and changed massively. Especially for this (the 2018-19) season.”
Some Robins fans have declared they’re happy due to Keshi’s wages freeing up space for a potential new signing of similar quality. However, one fan interestingly mentioned the recent form of Keshi, highlighting the player has come into his prime within the last few months having spent three years with the club.
You can’t help but to draw comparisons of a similar situation we felt at the loss of our top scorer, Armand Gnanduillet after his strongest ever 18 months of free scoring football in comparison to his previous figures.
The Swindon fans do seem to share mixed feeelings about the transfer, though the majority have wished Keshi well in his step up. His form of recent has been strong and if he remains injury free and is played in his favoured 10 role as opposed to the wing, then we should have a real player on their hands.
Listen to the full interview with Keshi from last month here.
Other Swindon follower comments:
“Hes a good player, unfortunately spends most of his time in the treatment room, and if he doesn’t get his own way can get a bit grumpy. Richie Wellens wouldn’t get rid of him unless he absolutely needed too…”
“More than decent when motivated and free of injury.”
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