Jack Roles scored the first goal of his senior career as Cambridge United steamrollered ten-man Mansfield Town in League Two on Tuesday night.
And, reacting to Cambridgeshire Live after a crushing 4-0 away win, manager Colin Calderwood has spoken of his belief that the Tottenham Hotspur loanee has the potential to make finding the back of the net a regular occurrence.
The score was level at 0-0 before Roles showed predatory instincts to stab home from a corner with about 15 minutes remaining, opening his account at the sixth time of asking since joining The Us on a temporary deal.
The Cyprus-born 20-year-old has always had a knack for scoring goals from midfield, hitting 11 in 29 games for Spurs’ reserves in all competitions last season.
And Calderwood, who played over 150 Premier League games for Tottenham himself in the 1990s, believes Roles could soon become a regular fixture on the scoreboard, no doubt hoping that his strike against The Stags will open the floodgates.
“(It’s) super (for Roles),” the Cambridge manager said, having brought the youngster back into the starting XI after he began the last two games on the bench.
“I only made the change to maybe bring a bit more guile and craft in the last third. He’s the same as Paul Lewis and can score goals from midfield.”
Roles will soon be hoping to follow in the footsteps of Tottenham talisman Harry Kane, who was also forced to drop into the Football League via a series of short-term loans before making his mark in North London.
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