Cobblers boss Chris Wilder feels his latest addition to the Sixfields squad, Billy Bodin, will provide a similar type of attacking threat to the forwards he has on the books.
Lawson D’Ath and Ricky Holmes have played a key role in the team’s recent run of three successive wins, adding pace and industry to the wide areas as the team has adopted more of a pressing game.
Bodin, who is on a contract until the end of the season after eight months out following knee surgery, has been used predominantly as a wide player or as a second striker but may find his role in the team being one of a conventional centre-forward who stretches defences late in games.
Wilder feels he will be a good compliment to the options he has at his disposal in the forward department, which has been reduced by the transfer window departures of David Moyo, Emile Sinclair and Alex Nicholls.
“He had his career in front of him and he’s suffered a setback,” said Wilder. “These are the things that happen in your career.
“We know a lot about him because he has been with us for a couple of months; we’ve monitored his attitude in that time and it’s been spot on.
“He is desperate to get back playing and he fits into how we want to play in terms of the forwards we’ve got at the club.
“There is still some work to be done to get into our first team but we feel once he’s got over some more hurdles he will be an asset to us.”
Bodin is best known to Cobblers assistant manager Alan Knill, who had the player at Torquay United and knows him from even further back, from the days when he was an emerging youngster at Swindon Town.
“Billy is a talented young footballer, he’s making his way back from an injury. Alan (Knill) had him at Torquay and we feel there’s a player there,” added Wilder.
“He’s worked extremely hard to get himself back fit. He can play on the left and down the middle and we’ve talked about getting players in that have got energy, ability and are young players, and he is one of them.
“He is still making his way back and needs games but he has rehabbed well here, the guys have worked extremely hard with him.
“Hopefully we can get him up and running again because he is definitely a talent.”