A Torquay View on Billy Bodin’s Loan

With Billy Bodin on loan at Torquay United since the end of August, Gulls supporter Emma Glanfield gives her overview on Bodin’s time down on the English Riviera.

What were your expectations of Billy before you signed him?

Having not heard anything about Billy, it was difficult to know what to expect upon his arrival.

I had heard of his father, Paul, and was aware that he was a good player so assumed that because Billy comes from a footballing family he might be a decent player.

Once the news came we had signed him on loan, I found out that he is a Welsh Under 21 player, so from this alone expected him to be a good player. With Paolo Di Canio taking over as manager and bringing in new players, I assumed Bodin would be a first team player and therefore a good acquisition for us.

How has Martin Ling been utilising Billy in his starting XI?  

Ling has been starting him in every game that he has been available.

He is using him mainly as a winger, mostly on the left, but he does swap over to the right.

We only have two out and out strikers so when one of those is not available or is substituted off, Billy moves up front. We have a big, strong centre forward so Billy tends to play off him when he plays up front.

What has been your view on Bodin in his games for you so far?

Billy has impressed fans so far.

He shows good skills, is always willing to take on his man who he invariably beats, delivers some great crosses into the box, tracks back, has good positional awareness, strikes the ball well, has a decent shot and improves our team when he is playing.

The only bad point is that he doesn’t appear to last the whole 90 minutes as he drifts out of the game late on. He has been unlucky with a few of his shots which have been well saved by the ‘keeper but he missed a sitter in our 4-0 win over AFC Wimbledon, so would like to see a few more goals from him.

Would you like Torquay to give us some our money back (that you got for Benyon) and make Bodin a permanent signing in January?

I definitely want to keep him as he is one of the better players we have at the moment.

That said we don’t have much money available at the moment so it’s unlikely we will pay a fee for him. Any chance we can have him on a free?!

We are struggling to score goals at the moment – Tuesday night was the exception – so I would like to see Torquay sign Billy on a two-year-deal, so that he forms part of our plans as we build a squad for the next couple of seasons.

I would also like to see him given a run in the team as a striker. He has a good shot on him and is very skilful.

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