Dagenham & Redbridge player ratings: The team of the season so far
09:30 01 February 2016
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Ned Keating compiles the best Daggers XI to date based on player ratings
With 19 games to go in the season, Dagenham & Redbridge will soon be looking for a squad that can lift them out of the relegation battle at the bottom of League Two.
But if it was to be picked on average player ratings over the course of the season, who would make the cut for John Still’s next squad? And where do Daggers need to strengthen to survive?
To feature, players must have made at least 10 league apperances this season, which means that Jack Connors, James Dunne, Luke Guttridge, Niko Hamalainen, Zavon Hines, Oliver Muldoon, Jake Mulraney, Matt Partridge, Josh Pask, Frankie Raymond, Matt Richards, Frankie Sutherland, Joe Worrall and Ade Yusuff are not eligible.
And while the 5-3-2 formation has been Daggers’ most successful this season, 4-4-2 has been chosen simply because it allows the best players feature according to the ratings.
Goalkeeper: Liam O’Brien (average rating 6.78) - After displacing Mark Cousins as number one in August, a string of good performances saw him cement his place in goal before a rocky November cost him the spot. O’Brien has taken my man of the match honours in five games this season, the most for any player.
Right back: Josh Passley (6.44) - His form has been more up and down than a yo-yo. At times the right back has been brilliant, at others not so which makes him frustrating to watch. Passley has demonstrated he has the talent, he just needs to show it more regularly.
Centre back: Cleivd Dikamona (6.36) - It was a painfully slow start to his Daggers career, but he seems to have turned a corner in recent weeks. His marauding runs from defence have been brilliant to see in recent weeks and the Frenchman has become something of a cult hero for me.
Centre back: Ayo Obileye (6.67) - Not as good as his first loan spell with the club, but not helped by playing with three different partners in the heart of the defence. Became stronger towards the end of his deal, so just a shame he had to go back to Charlton Athletic. Saying that, Worrall looks a solid replacement.
Left back: Justin Hoyte (6.41) - Currently enjoying a renaissance at sweeper, but for the purpose of this team to work — and not look like a Garth Crooks effort — he is in at left back where he started his Daggers career. Hit and miss at times, but looks to be performing well under Still.
Right midfield: Jodi Jones (6.53) - Started brightly, but has faded in recent months. Could perhaps pinpoint his struggles to the groin injury picked up in October, with the home draw against Notts County the last time he had a meaningful impact on a game.
Centre midfield: Joss Labadie (6.75) - Dread to think how far adrfit Daggers might be without him. Has been a delight to watch since his return in October with the drive and passion he has shown since then probably the reasons why he has taken the armband off of Andre Boucaud.
Centre midfield: Kane Ferdinand (6.01) - One more league game would have seen Dunne easily in the team, but as it is Ferdinand narrowly edges Boucaud into this berth by 0.01. Started slugglishly, had something of a brief purple patch near to when initial deal was up in September, but is rumoured to have been told he can find another club by Still.
Left midfield: Ashley Hemmings (6.34) - Like Jones, started impressively and was Daggers captain when Boucaud was away on international duty. Sadly since November, displays haven’t hit the same heights and while he is doing a job in a deeper role at wing back, he could soon find his place under pressure.
Centre forward: Christian Doidge (6.79) - His form under Still has been brilliant and would have been perfect for the direct style under Wayne Burnett, but didn’t feature in the league for over two months. We know he’s not the most prolific forward, but he always puts a solid shift in when starting. Currently the club’s top league goalscorer and best player according to my ratings.
Centre forward: Matt McClure (6.30) - Along with Doidge, has formed the best attacking partnership I’ve seen for Daggers this season and the quicker he can return to fitness, the better. Still joint-second top goalscorer behind Doidge, not bad for someone who has been injured since the end of November.
For what it’s worth, the player of the month awards were as follows:
August - Jodi Jones
September - Liam O’Brien
October - Liam O’Brien
November - Joss Labadie
December - Joss Labadie
January - Christian Doidge