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Walsall: Three To Watch

17 April 2019

We take a look at our Good Friday opponents and identify three of their important players.

Andy Cook

The 28-year-old (pictured above) has scored 17 goals in all competitions with 12 of them goals coming in the league. Cook has also made 39 appearances in the league out of a possible 42 games and he’s also contributed to the team with two assists in those games. Cook signed for Walsall last yearon a free transfer from Tranmere Rovers after the Whites’ promotion from the National League. The Carlisle Academy graduate is also on average the most clinical player in front of goal in the Saddlers’ squad this season, averaging 0.38 goals per 90mins. The centre forward’s contribution equates to 31% of Walsall’s total league goals.

George Dobson

Dobson has appeared in 36 out of 42 league games this season for Walsall, starting in 74% of them games. The former Arsenal and West Ham player has seven assists and has also participated to 15% of Walsall’s overall league goals. The 21-year-old is mainly a defensive midfielder but is seen as a versatile player by being able to also play at centre-back. Walsall signed Dobson on a free transfer from Sparta Rotterdam on January 2018 after having a loan spell at the club two years previously. He can be seen as one of Walsall’s key men having created the most goals than any other player in the Saddlers’ squad, so he will be certainly one to watch out for.

Nicky Devlin

The Scottish full-back has only missed four games for Walsall this season starting 88% of the league games and scoring three goals, one of those coming in the Saddlers’ most recent outing away at Accrington Stanley. Walsall signed Devlin in 2017 on a free transfer after leaving Ayr United. As well having three goals to his name, the 25-year-old has also chipped in with three assists for the team. Will Devlin be able to follow up his first strike since January last time out and make it two in two?

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