By Joel Lampkin
The January announcement that Tranmere Rovers had signed Burnley Winger Josh Ginnelly on loan was met with a hint of confusion and a generous helping of happiness with the attacker dropping down yet another league after being with Lincoln City on a temporary basis.
The forward started in no better fashion as he lit up Prenton Park with a goal on his debut against Maidenhead United in a 3-2 thriller but he has failed to score since and for a player with Premier League credentials that may be a worrying statistic.
Ginnelly managed just one shot on goal against Bromley in a game that suited his style of play as he spent much of the 70-minutes as an outlet on the wing; but it was a rare sight to see him take on his opponent.
While the excuse of match fitness could have passed for earlier games, it is no longer a valid explanation as to why a player with such promise and high expectation has been held back in games.
The winger’s has not been an issue due to Tranmere’s impressive streak but when push has come to shove Ginnelly has not been the man to stand up and be counted?
While Ginnelly has yet to show his best, his counterpart Ben Tollitt has typically been the man replacing him with 20 minutes to go.
The difference in the two players is night and day, while the on-loan Burnley plan often plays it safe, the Liverpool born winger is as headstrong as the former Portsmouth man’s looks to play direct from the moment he takes to the pitch.
With a desire and intent to change the game and create an impact – the no.7 has been a much more attractive performer for Ginnelly’s spot in recent games and a poor and underwhelming display against Boreham Wood in a decisive game saw Ginnelly hauled off shortly after half-time.