Bury v Charlton Athletic EFL Sky Bet League 1 6/08/2016. Jacob Mellis, 26
Principal Role: Central Midfielder
Exile’s ‘Best’ role: Roaming Playmaker
2016/2017 Bury stats (all competitions): 3,210 minutes played, 36 starts, 5 sub appearances; 3 goals, 6 assists, 4 hockey passes.
Assessment: The most divisive individual on this list in terms of whether he should have been offered new terms to stay at Gigg Lane. Recovered from a generally poor first season at the club in 2015/2016 to form a brief but potent ‘box-to-box’ midfield partnership with Tom Soares, whose rhythm once broken up through injury and suspension was never quite the same. Almost always proved to be more effective as the spearhead of a three-man midfield as his penchant for not tracking back and rash tackles rankled many fans’ perceptions of him.
When at his best, he was the sole player (besides Callum Styles later on in the campaign) capable of creating something out of nothing from the middle of the park. Often attempted through balls, which were his calling card and when they came off, they were reminders of why he once played at a higher level. Playmakers often drift in and out of matches if their creative outlets are thin on the ground and Mellis was no exception to that. Beguiling and frustrating in equal measure, his release comes at a pivotal point in his career and also could serve as an indication of how Bury will set up for their Plan A in 2017/2018. I don’t think he will have a problem in finding a new club but he must work on his discipline and be used correctly by his new manager if he is to prove Lee Clark definitively wrong for releasing him.
MTFCMusings wrote:Are we sure Steve Evans has watched Mellis play? He doesn't look very left footed to me from the videos above.
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