The O’s can confirm the nominations for the DeVines Player of the Month for August 2019, as the O’s made a decent start to life in League Two.
The 22-year-old defender had a frustrating 2018/19 campaign, often being required to play through injury and therefore not getting the opportunity to hit full stride. However, Ling has enjoyed a full pre-season and the benefits are clear to see as he shows the form that saw the O’s snap him up from Dagenham & Redbridge.
The O’s Academy Graduate has made six appearances in August and shown his ability to defend diligently and an eye for a pass that has expanded his attacking capabilities. One example of this was Ling’s wonderful cross-field pass with the outside of his foot that led to the dramatic last-gasp equaliser against Salford City.
KEY STATS: 73.4% passing accuracy, 2.39 interceptions per match, 2.73 clearances per match.
Josh Wright declared it a homecoming when he returned to the O’s from Bradford City in the summer and he has quickly settled to life back in E10. A close friend of the Edinburgh family, it was fitting that Wright scored the goal that won the emotional encounter with Cheltenham Town on opening day.
The 29-year-old has shown outstanding professionalism since his return, with his ability to dictate tempo and to pick out a pass proving to be a real asset in the middle. He netted his second goal of the month against Crawley Town on August 23 with a wonderful 25-yard effort.
KEY STATS: 85.6% passing accuracy, 8.97 recoveries in opposition half per match, 2 goals.
The 23-year-old former Swindon Town midfielder has hit serious form this season with his pace and tricky feet causing problems to defences throughout League Two.
Brophy comfortably leads the division in successful dribbles with 37 from his six appearances, despite making several appearances at left-back following the injury to Joe Widdowson, and his drilled effort in the latter stages against Salford City was turned in by goalkeeper Chris Neal.
KEY STATS: 9.22 successful dribbles per match, 37 successful dribbles this season, 2.46 interceptions per match.
The O’s new signing has proven why the Club were so keen to get him onboard with his early performances as he ends August with two goals.
The forward has been involved throughout, even when not scoring, with his work ethic and ability on the ball allowing him to link up well with fellow-striker Conor Wilkinson. The 25-year-old had a goal very narrowly disallowed on opening day but scored his first for the Club against his former employers Mansfield Town in the dramatic come-back victory at Field Mill.
Angol got his second goal of the campaign against Crawley Town days later when he calmly slotted home from the penalty spot.
KEY STATS: Six appearances, two goals, 11.06 received passes per match.