As Tranmere Rovers sit mid-table in the Vanarama National League, their season has failed to live up to expectations and much can be said on the absence of one player in particular – Ben Tollitt.
With just 11 goals from 15 games this season, Micky Mellon’s side are missing that creative spark that the 22-year-old winger possesses in abundance.
Having signed originally on-loan from Portsmouth, his raw pace and skill earned him a permanent transfer to Prenton Park in December, much to the delight of the Super White Army.
The 22-year-old has however featured a total of just 11-times for The Rovers due to two serious injuries leaving a massive dent in Tranmere’s push for promotion.
Despite his limited outings, they were enough to secure a nomination in the National Writers Football Assocition Awards as “Rising Star of the Year” alongside Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold and Manchester United’s Angel Gomes.
— NW Football Awards (@NWFAwards) October 17, 2017
Despite, on the surface, looking slim and lanky, Tollitt’s frame provides him perfectly with the ability to glide effortlessly past opponents, and his hidden burst of pace is a frightening asset in such a physical division.
Manager Mellon was full of praise for the Anfield based star following his signing last year: “He can do things running with a football that you don’t see much anymore.
“I love people who can dribble with the ball and it’s a dying art now. But with that pace and that height and power, he’s a real threat.
“We’re really pleased that he’s here and if he keeps progressing and moving forward we will have a really outstanding talent here.”
Following Tollitt’s impressive displays, Tranmere secured second position in the National League and were just heartbreakingly one match away from securing promotion to the football league, something that many believed was possible if not for the forward’s injury.
Now however, with the no.7 injured once more, he watches from the sidelines, but remains in high-spirits as he took to social media following his one and only appearance this term in Early-October.
I’ll be back… ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/uykQ3sJsid
— Ben Tollitt (@bentollitt) October 6, 2017
He said: “This is just a bit more bad luck put my way, but, my luck will change soon. I will come back and be a better player again!”
Furthering his comments in an interview with the Liverpool Echo he reiterated his intentions: “But I believe in myself and my ability and I know that in 12 weeks I’ll be the same player, if not even better.”