McGlashan hard act to follow, says Aldershot's Mekki

Jermaine McGlashan
McGlashan scored five goals in 75 appearances for Aldershot

Aldershot's Adam Mekki has admitted he faces a big test replacing departed winger Jermaine McGlashan.

McGlashan left to join Cheltenham Town last week, with Mekki immediately being recalled from his loan spell at Blue Square Bet South Basingstoke Town.

Forward Mekki, 20, told BBC Surrey: "They're big shoes to fill. Jermaine was a real crowd-pleaser, and worked hard in training.

"I'll just get my head down and work hard and take whatever comes to me."

Mekki has made eight first team appearances for Aldershot this season, sandwiched between spells at Basingstoke and fellow Blue Square Bet South side Dorchester Town.

"The physicality of Conference South has made me toughen up completely," he added.

"You don't get much time on the ball. And you always come up against big, strong opponents, so you've got to deal with it best as you can."

And Aldershot manager Dean Holdsworth believes Mekki has a big future, if he wants it.

"I think it's a great opportunity when a player goes," the former Wimbledon striker told BBC Surrey.

"Adam Mekki will be a serious player if he carries on in the progression that I've seen since I came to the club. He's got the potential to be a real star."

But Mekki said he would remain grounded, adding: "The manager knows best. If he needs to send me out on loan, he'll send me out.

"If he plays me, he plays me.

"I just want to stay fit and stay in contention for Aldershot, and hopefully come on and score a few goals for the club."