Exeter City supporter Ollie Heptinstall answers our questions on Paolo Di Canio’s latest signing, Troy Archibald-Henville.
After making 51 appearances in 2011/12 how disappointed were Exeter supporters when he didn’t sign a new deal?
We we very disappointed but expected it. Relegation has meant our budget’s been cut drastically and it was a small budget in the first place! Troy would have needed to take a hefty wage cut to remain and, given the direction you are heading in with the financial backing Di Canio has available, I don’t blame him for moving on.
What type of player is Troy, what can Swindon fans expect to see?
He’s a big, strong centre back, though Tisdale occasionally deployed him as an anchorman midfielder last season. I can’t say he’s accomplished in that position, the heart of defence is where he’s at home.
Does Troy have any particular strengths or weaknesses?
Heading is his strong point. He’s 6’2″ so you can be confident he’ll head away danger on most occasions. Troy’s also surprisingly mobile given his size, so he’s pretty good at retaining possession.
As for weaknesses, well he is known for being clumsy in the penalty area and needlessly running into opposition players!
Troy has scored two goals in 2011/12, how much of a threat is he from set-pieces?
Definitely a threat and, given the presence he created in the area when we had corners last season, I’m a bit surprised he only scored twice.
He’s only 23, how far can he go?
He’s proved during his time at City that he’s a quality League One player and, if he plays regularly for you, I see no reason why he can’t be a Championship standard defender in a couple of years time.
Is Troy a leader, can he organise the defence?
Despite being Spurs’ reserve captain before joining City, I don’t think he ever worn the armband for the Grecians. Whether this is because Tisdale doubted his leadership abilities or thinks he was too young I don’t know. It could simply be that there was better Captain options available for Tis’ and he wanted Troy to just focus on his game.
Distribution from the defence is key for Di Canio’s side, what is his range of passing like?
He’s not bad on the ball considering he’s a centre back but like I said, he is prone to the odd gaffe. When he runs with the ball, however, he’s hard to stop. As you’ll see in a moment…
After spending three years down in Devon, how will Troy be remembered at Exeter?
Troy will go down as one of the most popular City players of the past few years, though this was helped by the fact that his name fits perfectly into our pre-match tune! (Seven Nation Army – White Stripes).
Troy will be remembered by most for this late winner at Sheffield Wednesday on the final day of 2010-11. A memorable game in which Paul Tisdale made a cameo appearance moments later.