Cheltenham Town recently confirmed the signing of former non-league hotshot Mohamed Eisa from Greenwich Borough on a one year contract.
The 22-year-old winger or striker caught Gary Johnson’s eye with over 30 goals in his first season at Greenwich and after stepping up a division to the Isthmian South, he netted another 27 in 2016/17.
Eisa is one of a few lower league players that have been given a chance to impress in the Football League this summer.
Cheltenham Town’s League Two rivals Stevenage have brought in two former products of Jamie Vardy’s V9 Academy in Danny Newton and Blair Turgott.
Newport County have also snapped up Lamar Reynolds from Northern Isthmian Division outfit Brentwood, who play at the same level as Eisa’s former southern based side Greenwich.
Comparisons can be drawn between Sudan-born Eisa and former Cheltenham Town winger Kaid Mohamed, who enjoyed a successful spell with the Robins between 2011 and 2013.
Mohamed made his name at non-league Bath City and after being released by AFC Wimbledon he went on to make 100 appearances at Whaddon Road, scoring 15 goals.
But Kaid Mohamed and Mohamed Eisa are not just similar in namesake.
Both are versatile and can play anywhere across the front of the pitch, operating as strikers and wingers.
Kaid was well renowned for his athletic ability, often exciting supporters with bursts of pace and power. His direct running was a nightmare for opposing defenders.Embed from Getty Images
The old and the new: New CTFC signing Nigel Atangana battles with former winger Kaid Mohamed
The now 32-year-old earned a move to League One Port Vale after helping the Robins finish in the League Two play-off places in both seasons with Mark Yates’ side.
Despite the fact Mohamed Eisa is yet to play in the Football League, judging by his highlights he could very well have the same effect as Kaid Mohamed.
Cheltenham manager Gary Johnson may have unearthed a gem in signing the former Dartford youngster and after also capturing Jerell Sellars from Aston Villa, a formation that encompasses wingers may also be used next season as a backup option for the 3-5-2 system that Johnson is expected to deploy.
— Jerell Sellars (@RelSellars) July 7, 2017
Since the days of club record signing Jermaine McGlashan and Kaid Mohamed, out and out wingers have been missing and Cheltenham Town have struggled to reach the heights of the League Two play-offs and beyond.
Having natural wide players at the club will not automatically lead to success but it will certainly allow for a change of shape and system that can give Cheltenham Town a new dimension when attacking, perhaps even giving Johnson the option to use a 4-3-3 formation.
Hopefully Cheltenham fans can see the likes of Eisa impress in their upcoming pre-season friendlies, starting at Oxford City tomorrow night.