Port Vale manager John Askey says his new frontline is “better” than last season’s line-up.
Top scorer Tom Pope apart, the Valiants struggled for goals last season. The side scored just thirty nine league goals with Pope top-scoring with fourteen. Askey reacted by releasing releasing Ricky Miller, Dan Turner, Dior Angus and Danny Elliott in the summer.
If Port Vale has continued in the same vein, the loyal fans would not have been surprised if online betting sites would have placed the side in the lower reaches of the table.
However, Askey will be hoping for a more clinical display from his side next season . To replace the quartet, the Vale boss has brought in former Blackpool frontman Mark Cullen, ex-Carlisle United forward Richie Bennett and former Cambridge United man David Amoo.
I think we are better off than we were last season. You can see Cullen’s movement is good, and Richie has goals in this league so I think we are stronger….
The trio have all been on the mark in friendly games with Amoo the latest to hit the net after his strike against Leek Town at the weekend. The trio bring a mixture of skills to the side with Bennett’s aerial prowess, Cullen’s trickery and Amoo’s pace. The Port Vale manager clearly thinks the trip can bring the club the extra firepower it was lacking last season.
Askey told the official Port Vale website: “I think we are better off than we were last season. You can see Cullen’s movement is good, and Richie has goals in this league so I think we are stronger.
“I still think we need to work still on our movement to create more chances, but it is difficult to tell in these games.
“We haven’t got to rush into anything, we still have a bit of time although it would be nice to get lads in and make sure they are 100 per cent fit.
“But as you saw, David Amoo has only just come with us and he looked okay. So, if, we can get better than we have got, we will try to do so.”
The next friendly match for the Valiants is a home game against Joey Barton’s League One outfit Fleetwood Town with Port Vale fans given their first chance to see their new strikeforce in action at Vale Park. They will be hoping to see the first of many goals from their new trio of signings.