Search

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).

Simon O'Connor Photography

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.”


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the East London Advertiser. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Related articles

Latest East London Sports News

Yesterday, 13:00

Leyton Orient captain Jobi McAnuff has backed English Football League chairman Rick Parry’s combative letter to the Government and revealed the toll on players caused by the continued absence of fans from matches.

Wed, 16:00

London Lions have added Great Britain centre Fahro Alihodzic to their roster as they approach the start of the domestic season and look to January’s FIBA Eurocup campaign.

Wed, 15:00

A programme to get more youngsters involved in outdoor sport is being started at Mile End stadium in the search for “the hockey stars of tomorrow”.

Wed, 13:00

West Ham United fan and budding journalist Kwame Boakye is feeling optimistic under manager David Moyes.

Wed, 10:00

Leyton Orient head coach Ross Embleton was ‘disappointed’ that his side failed to push on after early lead as they drew 1-1 with Exeter City.

Tue, 20:55

League Two: Leyton Orient 1 Exeter City 1

Tue, 14:00

Lukasz Fabianski 7: Huge save to deny Raheem Sterling late on. Went right way and almost stopped Phil Foden’s goal.

Mon, 13:00

Leyton Orient head coach Ross Embleton knows they’re not the finished article yet but is way more pleased with progress after their 2-0 victory over Stevenage.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Did you know? UCAS gets almost 3 million university applications from around 700,000 people each year. That’s a lot of competition. So how can your son or daughter stand out? 

With winter fast approaching, it is now more important than ever for us all to carry on following COVID-19 precautions to help stop the spread of the virus by always observing the three-tier local restrictions and remembering three key words – Hands, Face, Space.

The NHS COVID-19 app can make a real difference to how we all tackle the pandemic, protecting our loved ones and those most at risk from coronavirus. Everyone aged 16 and over across England and Wales can download the app for free and play their part in combating the pandemic.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Latest from the East London Advertiser