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Edinburgh: I absolutely believe in Josh, now it’s about him being more consistent

PUBLISHED: 11:00 10 July 2018

Josh Koroma celebrates with Leyton Orient team-mate Marvin Ekpiteta (21) after scoring at Gateshead on the final day of the 2017/18 National League season (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Josh Koroma celebrates with Leyton Orient team-mate Marvin Ekpiteta (21) after scoring at Gateshead on the final day of the 2017/18 National League season (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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After finishing the previous campaign with six goals, Josh Koroma started the new season by netting four times at Harlow Town

Justin Edinburgh has challenged Leyton Orient youngster Josh Koroma to find more consistency in the 2018/19 campaign after the attacker started pre-season with a bang on Saturday by scoring four times at Harlow Town.

The 19-year-old scored a free kick and three more goals from open play to help the O’s start the new term with a 7-0 victory.

After struggling for opportunities during the first half of the 2017/18 season, Koroma flourished once Edinburgh arrived to replace Steve Davis on November 29 and scored six goals in all competition.

Three of them occurred during the final month of the campaign and the Orient head coach wants to see more of the same from the talented young, attacker.

“Josh doesn’t need to show me anything. I am fully aware of his qualities and it is about him being consistent now,” said Edinburgh.

“In myself, Josh has a manager who absolutely believes in him and likes him and I think that showed in his performance against Harlow.

“He looked in good shape and it is not about him showing me anything, it is about him being consistent and that is what we are trying to bring more to his game.”

If Koroma can produce impressive performances week in, week out it could solve a potential problem for Edinburgh.

Once given a regular run of games, the academy graduate didn’t disappoint for O’s and made the most of injuries to James Dayton and Jobi McAnuff.

When McAnuff returned, Koroma had a spell up front and showed his adaptability with some good outings alongside Macauley Bonne.

Edinburgh is still on the look out for another forward with Matt Harrold working his way back from a hamstring injury suffered in the Woking game on March 24.

The O’s head coach is also preparing to lose Bonne during international weekends in the 2018/19 season.

Zimbabwe are due to play on the weekend of September 7-9 when Orient are away to Halifax Town and twice a month later between October 10-14 – meaning the forward would be absent for a clash at home to Hartlepool United on October 13.

Another game Bonne could sit out in the first half of the season is Bromley at home on November 17 with Zimbabwe set to play Liberia in another Africa Cup of Nations qualification fixture around the same time

With this in mind, Orient are on the hunt for another forward, but if Koroma can improve his consistency, he could be an alternative option up top again.

Edinburgh added: “I think we will probably need another striker because we have to be mindful of the fact we will lose Macauley through international commitments.

“We have to be wary of that and we are still bringing Matt Harrold back from injury and David Mooney is on the sidelines because he had an operation on some teeth.

“I will always look at the attacking area because that is the area which will hopefully get us into a position where we are looking to be successful this season.”

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