Darren Moore on Fejiri Okenabirhie’s best position and whether he would consider a system change at Doncaster Rovers

Darren Moore says he has the perfect vision of where new signing Fejiri Okenabirhie will fit into his Doncaster Rovers side.

Thursday, 30th January 2020, 5:00 pm
Updated Thursday, 30th January 2020, 5:33 pm

Forward Okenabirhie joined Rovers from Shrewsbury Town on Thursday and is looking to force his way into the team after signing a two-and-a-half year deal.

While the 23-year-old can play in several positions and may be utilised in those, Moore says he sees him a central striker.

“He’s a number nine,” Moore said.

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“He plays through the middle. He’s probably the most out and out number nine that we’ve got here. His movement, his understanding of the play.

“I’ve got pictures and visions in my head of how he will fit but I’m ready to see that when he’s ready in a physical outing.”

The addition of Okenabirhie and Devante Cole this week has significantly boosted Rovers’ attacking ranks and given Moore plenty of options.

The Rovers boss has stuck with a 4-2-3-1 system for the vast majority of the campaign, with Niall Ennis filling the lone striker role when available.

Moore would not rule out a change of system in the future but suggested he will continue with his preferred formation until Okenabirhie and Cole have settled in.

“I can’t say I will stick with that one system but what it will do with the flexibility of the players, it will allow me to adopt a system change to what we have done this season so far,” he said.

“It does allow me to do that.

“Again, let’s see with the players. Let’s get working with the squad, let’s get that continuity and understanding.

“Once we get that level, if I feel it’s right I will change it.”

One aspect Moore is likely to exploit within his freshly-bolstered squad is the flexibility his attacking options present.

Cole, Okenabirhie, Ennis and Kieran Sadlier are all capable of playing in any of the front four positions while James Coppinger and Jon Taylor are also adaptable.

“We’re really pleased to have that flexibility there and I think you can never really have too many up there in terms of that high level of competition,” Moore said.