Embleton wonders how different O’s season could have been with McAnuff

PUBLISHED: 10:00 10 March 2020

Jobi McAnuff celebrates at the final whistle (pic Simon O'Connor)

Jobi McAnuff celebrates at the final whistle (pic Simon O'Connor)

Simon O’Connor Photography Mobile 07958 573219

Leyton Orient head coach Ross Embleton wondered how different the season could have been with captain Jobi McAnuff fit and available, following his long-awaited return on Saturday.

The 38-year-old came off the bench in the 67th minute to replace James Dayton in their 2-1 win over Cambridge United for his first appearance of the season.

And the boss did admit he offers something nobody else can, although he didn't want to take anything away from the rest of his squad.

'I think you always do, I don't want to take anything away from everybody else, but no one else in the squad has got what Jobi has got,' Embleton said.

'No one else is 38 years old and played at the level he has, and he has those qualities where even if he is slightly off the pace, or tiring he has got the ability because he is such a good player.

You may also want to watch:

'He is still in such a good condition, he can think clearly and manage people around him, and I think that's a massive part of any team, having those leaders that can drive you over moments and 'Jobs' contributed to doing that today.'

McAnuff almost found the back of the net as he volleyed an effort on goal with his weaker foot, but more importantly Embleton was keen to reiterate how important he is for the club.

'Hell of a strike with, if there is such a thing as his weaker foot,' he said.

'I can't express how much of a support and how great he has been for me this season, but ultimately we want to see him out there. He was and I think it's easy to forget what a major influence he was for us last year.

'We kept rolling him out at the back end of last season, in the best way we could, knowing he was injured but he kept going through it and he was a massive part of what we achieved.

'To see him out there today (Saturday), when it was getting tough and difficult, to be able to bring him off the bench from a selfish perspective was fantastic.

'I'd rather him be out there than sat next to me in the nicest possible way and it's now just about trying to build that up so he's stronger and we can see him out there more often.'

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

Latest East London Sports News


The Twenty20 World Cup may not go ahead as the leader of the game in host nation Australia revealed the schedule for October and November is under a “very high risk”.

Yesterday, 16:30

British Rowing, British Cycling and British Athletics are teaming up with Blue Peter to row, cycle and run the distance between the Blue Peter studio in Salford and the Japan National Stadium in Tokyo in just 30 days.

Yesterday, 15:42

The 2019-20 Premier League season will restart on Wednesday June 17, with Arsenal visiting Manchester City and Aston Villa hosting Sheffield United.

Yesterday, 15:13

The European Tour will resume in July with a run of six tournaments over six weeks in the UK, but the Dutch Grand Prix has been put back until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Yesterday, 15:00

West Ham United’s Pablo Fornals revealed his relief about the return to training at Rush Green as the Premier League looks to restart next month.

Yesterday, 14:58

The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have confirmed a further delay to the start of the professional domestic cricket season, with no play before August 1.

Yesterday, 12:00

With sport slowly starting to return across the globe during the coronavirus pandemic, why not test your sporting knowledge with another quiz?

Wed, 19:03

Eoin Morgan would be “surprised” if the T20 World Cup goes ahead as scheduled later this year but indicated any deferment will not shape his future as England captain.


The Government is encouraging people to stay alert as many take their first steps back to their workplace.

The Government has announced an unprecedented package of support to protect jobs and support business across the UK during the coronavirus outbreak.

People working for a wide range of private companies have been standing side-by-side with public sector staff on the front line during the coronavirus outbreak.

Most read sport


A competition for wannabe writers has been started to add works to Canary Wharf’s ‘short story’ dispensers which are temporarily locked up by the lock down.

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Most Read

Latest from the East London Advertiser