Taiwo Atieno 'needs goals' says Torquay boss Martin Ling

Taiwo Atieno
Atieno's only Gulls goal came in the 2-1 win at Bristol Rovers on 13 August

Torquay United manager Martin Ling has called on striker Taiwo Atieno to start scoring more goals.

The 26-year-old Kenya international joined the Gulls at the start of the season but has scored only one goal so far this campaign.

Atieno has struggled to get into the side with Ling often opting to play one central striker and preferring six-goal Rene Howe for the task.

"He needs to get goals," Ling told BBC Radio Devon.

"He needs to get back to what he was doing in pre-season, he was scintillating in pre-season," the Gulls boss added.

Torquay is Atieno's 10th English club in seven years, and he had a spell in North America during that time.

But Ling feels the former Stevenage, Luton Town and Dagenham and Redbridge striker could yet flourish.

"Tai's playing without confidence at the moment. He's a striker that's only got one goal, he's not getting a regular start but he's got to keep digging away.

"Confidence is a funny thing and he's not getting a run in the team in terms of consistency but he's a big asset."

And Ling said Atieno is vital to the way his team lines up.

"When you play one up front it's not always possible for them to do 90 minutes and you need another one to come in and do a job," he said.

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