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A Bolton striker with a respectable goal-scoring ratio? What is this world coming to?
We've been chronicling Tom Eaves' short loan stay at League Two strugglers Bristol Rovers. To say that Tom Eaves is doing well at the League Two level is a bit of an understatement as after nine games, he is Bristol's leading scorer. From those nine appearances, he has scored five times (notching again over the weekend). Rovers' next highest scorer? 27-year-old Scottish forward David Clarkson with four goals from 17 matches.
Eaves was heavily criticized by Bristol boss Mark McGhee in the wake of the Pirates' four match losing streak. On Tuesday night, Bristol had tried a 4-2-3-1 formation with Eaves as the lone forward but his inability to hold the ball up led to defeat against Southend United. Speaking in This is Bristol, McGhee said that "the easy thing for me to have done would have been to have left Tom out after Tuesday night."
It's really quite a good thing that he didn't because Eaves ran riot on League Two opponents Chesterfield with a 3-2 win to snap their losing streak. Eaves was the bright spot for Rovers as the team returned to their favored 4-4-2 formation. Eaves scored a goal for Bristol, bringing his total to five in the aforementioned nine games, and assisted the other two.
Whether Eaves can continue this kind of form in League Two or any of the higher leagues in England still remains to be seen but it's a very promising start for the young striker.