Despite playing for relegated FC United of Manchester last season, striker Kurt Willoughby has moved into full-time football with last season’s beaten National League play-off finalists AFC Fylde.
On the back of having a very good season last year, scoring 19 goals for FC United. He had previously scored goals for fun in the North West Counties League for AFC Blackpool and Clitheroe, wherever Willoughby goes goals seem to follow.
His form this season has also seen the 21-year-old called up to the England C squad, where he scored on his debut against Wales C.
With last seasons joint National League top goalscorer Danny Rowe in the squad at Fylde. Willoughby has the perfect model to help develop his game and, this has lead to his new manager Dave Challinor labelling his new striker “Not a risk but definitely a project”.
With that being said, we thought we’d take a look into just what the new man will bring to AFC Fylde. With the ambitions of going one step further and getting promoted out of the National League and back into the Professional Football.
Running in Behind
You could compare Willoughby’s game to that of Jamie Vardy in the Premier League, the man loves a ball over the top or a through ball that he can run on too from the shoulder of the last defender.
This will definitely be something fresh for fans of Fylde as top scorer Danny Rowe isn’t that type of player instead, he holds the ball up and creates chances from nothing.
Therefore, Willoughby will be another option in the Fylde arsenal this season, meaning they have a plan B.
Something that Willoughby definitely isn’t opposed to is running the channels and dragging his team up the pitch.
The former FC United man was top scorer at a relegated team last season, meaning that likely for long spells they were defending, therefore, the striker was forced to play on the counter-attack.
Its this willingness to run that will create space and openings for other players at Fylde, such as Danny Rowe and if you give that man space, goals follow.
Other new signings have also been made at Fylde to improve this side of their game, therefore it’s looking like his new club will be playing to Willoughbys strengths.