Q&A Special - Bury Fan on Tom Eaves

  • June 16, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Once hailed as the natural successor to Kevin Davies, a Bury supporter gives us an update on Tom Eaves' progress after his recent loan spell at the JD Stadium.

Eaves joined the Shakers in March, for whom he went on to make a total of nine appearances, but he will report for pre-season training at Bolton next month with just one year left on his contract at Macron Stadium and major doubts hanging over his long-term future at the club.

In our latest edition of Q&A, Bury supporter Adam Ingram (@IngersSwingers) shares his opinion on Eaves' rapidly declining status within the game, why he believes the 23-year-old would do well to avoid a career in the Conference, as well as why he wouldn't be campaigning for the player's return to the Shakers.

Q: After scoring a hat-trick in a pre-season friendly against Bolton in 2010, Tom Eaves was quickly signed to a contract after completing a transfer from Oldham Athletic. His time at Bury represented a sixth spell out on loan. What did you know about him prior to his arrival at the JD Stadium and how did his performances weigh up?

A: I didn't know a great deal but I had heard the name, mainly with him being linked with previous moves to us on loan.

However, my Shrewsbury Town supporting mate asked during the game against them in April, 'What do you reckon to Eaves?' and I said he had some good things to his game and probably needed a run of games. He said that they'd seen opposite ends of his abilities in two separate spells with the Salop. The first spell couldn't have been better, but the second couldn't have been worse.

Take from that what you will!

Q: Once billed as Wanderers' natural replacement for Kevin Davies, Eaves has made just five senior appearances for the club and looks set to be moved on when his contract expires in 12 months. After mixed success in Leagues One and Two, what level do you see him playing at for the rest of his career?

A: I don't seem him playing in the Championship for certain, at the moment.

He's a tall and strong looking lad. If he learns how to use his strength then he will be an asset in most teams.

He came to us as something different from the small strikers we had, for the run into the end of the season. He grabbed a poacher's goal in his second game but made fundamental ball control errors during his other appearances when under no pressure - something he needs to work on.

However, considering he has a history of playing in Leagues One and Two, I would be surprised if he didn't find a club in these leagues. Even dropping into the Conference wouldn't be a problem for his age and experience but I believe he, now at 23, needs a regular run of games to find his form.

Where he goes from there will depend on the club he finds himself at and his own application.

Q: Despite a return of just one goal in nine appearances for the Shakers, would you like to see David Flitcroft come back in with a fresh offer ahead of next season?

A: We already have four/five strikers signed up for next season and this includes some of our successful youth teamers, who seem to be coming on leaps and bounds.

I would be surprised if Tom Eaves was top of Flickers' shopping list and, therefore, would only see him coming back in a emergency loan capacity.

However, I cannot see this benefitting Tom himself and would hope he gets a solid 12-month loan somewhere else.

Burnden Aces would like to thank Adam for taking the time to answer our questions. You can read more of his views by following him on Twitter - @IngersSwingers.

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