The Monday Profile: Elliot Benyon

Posted by on Aug 23, 2010 in The Monday Profile | One Comment

This week’s Monday Profile comes from Northampton fan David Cox, still smarting from the opening-day lesson Torquay’s diminutive striker Elliot Benyon delivered to his team’s back four.

Three wins from three leave Torquay at the summit of League 2, and the player who has orchestrated their impressive burst from the blocks is, without doubt, Eliot Benyon.
Benyon will have a superb season with the Gulls because of his movement, strength and superlative reading of the game. Although his odds are almost as short as he is, I wish I’d had some of the 40/1 odds being offered pre-season on him ending up as top goalscorer.
I travelled to Plainmoor with another 300 Cobblers fans on the opening day of the season with the legitimate hope of some points, following an impressive pre-season for Northampton. But it quickly became clear that Benyon had the upper hand, and was enjoying himself as he ran our defenders ragged. Dwarfed by our lumbering centre backs (he’s a relatively titchy 5 foot 9), he played largely with his back to goal during the first half, drawing defenders to him and holding up play when required.
The 22-year-old also drifted out to the left flank at will, jagging in and wrongfooting defenders with his low centre of gravity (have I mentioned he’s quite short?). His intelligent work around the box was rewarded early in the second half when his diagonal run into the box allowed him the angle to fire hard and low past Janssen.
His second and third goals of the season were against Lincoln City on the second weekend of the season. The first, a header from a set piece, indicates his ability to lose his marker, and his second was another header to reinforce the message that he won’t need a stepladder in the six-yard box to score such goals this season.
The interesting thing about Benyon is that he has struggled to force his way into Torquay’s first team, after a few cameos last season from the bench. His record of 29 goals in 103 appearances does not tell the whole story about a player many believe to have the potential to light up League 2 this season.
is a Stockport County fan who believes in terracing, cheap entry and going to games. He has no ambition to see his club reach the Premier League, and is quite content to wallow in the squalor of the lower divisions. An ardent believer in the Supporters' Direct movement, he has worked extensively with the Stockport County Supporters' Trust and spends a worryingly large amount of time obsessing over football finance. He now helps to run the County messageboard, and is still in recovery from Luis Cavaco's miss at Middlesbrough in 1997.

1 Comment

  1. Shaun
    August 24, 2010

    Great piece, you've pretty much got Elliot spot on.

    It's been great seeing him develop. He's always been a fantastic finisher and clever player, but early on in his career he'd be bullied off the ball and fade in and out of games – hence why Buckle would be reluctant to start him as you allude to earlier.

    We've had to work with him, and he's had to work hard at his game – but we're finally starting to see the finished article now. He's in the last year of his contract and not short of admirers so I'm expecting him to leave in this window or January – hopefully the latter, as playing regular football is the best thing for him at this stage of his development in my opinion.


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