Leyton Orient head coach Steve Davis: Steven Alzate is up there among best youngsters I've worked with
PUBLISHED: 08:30 02 August 2017
O's head coach discusses Steven Alzate, how his squad is shaping up and Josh Koroma's performance against Arsenal
Steve Davis believes former Leyton Orient midfielder Steven Alzate is up there among the best young players he has worked with.
The O’s academy graduate sealed a sensational move to Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion on Monday.
Alzate signed a three-year deal with the Seagulls despite playing only 12 times for Orient last season.
Despite his inexperience, the youngsters potential was clear from the off and Davis expects him to do well at Brighton.
He said: “How does Steven compare to others I have worked with? He is definitely up there from what I have seen, but obviously I haven’t had seasons with him.
“It would have been better for me to judge him over a period of time, but during the short time I have seen him and worked with him I can see he is a very grounded lad and he will need to be.
“He is very humble and he needs to remain that way, but I am sure he will work hard at it. He is a lad with great ability and he just needs a platform to show his skills and hopefully he can do that at Brighton.”
It has been a busy couple of days for Orient with Alzate switching Brisbane Road for Falmer Stadium at the beginning of the week.
Tristan Abrahams has also completed a move to Norwich City, although he has came back to O’s on loan.
Before facing Arsenal’s under-23s last night, Orient announced the signings of Jamie Sendles-White and James Dayton too.
It means Davis is fairly satisfied with the group of players he has, but he would love to get in another forward.
He added: “I still think we could do with another one up top. We can’t rely on the three who play number nine all the time, so we need another option.
“Although Macauley (Bonne) can lead the line very well, if he isn’t playing for whatever reasons then we don’t have anyone else like him.
“I know ‘Moons’ can do it but not in the same way, so we will see because I don’t want to rush into bringing just anybody in. They have to be the right fit and the right player to improve the team and make the difference.”
One person who may be able to fill the void up front if Orient can’t bring anyone else in is Josh Koroma.
The talented winger caught the eye during the first half against Arsenal’s under-23s with several direct runs.
Orient struggled at times in the opening 45, but Koroma constantly looked to get his team on the front foot.
Davis said: “Josh has probably had a little bit less time than some and we are still debating whether he is a forward or a winger.
“He doesn’t mind either and is very powerful and can give you that threat by getting at players.
“I thought he kept going during the first half and that’s the stuff you look for and that is why you learn more about your players when things aren’t going well.
“You see who reacts and keeps going in difficult spells in the game and he was one of them who did keep going.”
The Orient head coach also revealed what the plan is for Saturday’s National League opener at Sutton United.
“We are going to be training up at Walthamstow on Thursday and Friday and then we will travel to Sutton and stay over because it is a 12.30pm kick-off,” said Davis.
“We will be in a hotel on Friday because we want to make sure our preparation is as spot-on as it can be.”