Rochdale finally announced the return of Zach Clough on loan for the rest of the season late on deadline day. Fans had been eagerly anticipating news on the player since it was announced that the club were trying to resign him for the season back at the fans forum on the 14th January. He struggled for game time during his first spell earlier this season, only making 9 appearances. This wasn’t helped by the fact he spent the most part of it on the treatment table, a total of 8 weeks out injured.
He says himself he’s now fully fit and raring to go See here. If he can manage to find some form and consistency at Rochdale, he could become a real key player for them in the second half of the season. His 9 goals in 22 games at Bolton during their league one campaign in the 16/17 proves this.
I think Zach could come in and play on the right of an attacking three, or centrally if Ian Henderson drops off or moves to the left. I feel these roles best suit him due to his dribbling ability and the fact he likes to cut in inside.
I would expect him to at least have a place on the bench when Rochdale take on Coventry at Spotland on Saturday. Whether he is in the starting XI depends on the tactical setup Keith Hill goes with, whether he goes for a similar strategy as he did against Walsall of having Calvin Andrew start as a target man like presence, or he opts for a more pacey and skilful front line which Clough would fit nicely into. So whatever formation Hilly decides on, Zach is a quality addition to the squad. Which only serves to increase Dale’s options in their fight to push up the table following last Saturdays very welcome 3 points.