Jake Young, a striker for Swindon, talks about his “crazy” first month of the season, which included seven goals and three assists, the decision to move on loan from Bradford to the County Ground, and how he’s learned from his mistakes.
Jake Young must be enjoying his first six games as a Swindon player if you consider that he is just one goal away from posting his best-ever return. In case you were unaware, he has already contributed three assists to his extraordinarily successful start.
His primary feeling was relief when, on August 12, against Crewe, the first of his seven goals so far found the back of the net less than two minutes into his league debut.
Young, who had been frozen out at Bradford, had only joined the Robins 10 days prior. He signed a three-year contract with Valley Parade last summer, made just three league starts, and then played the second half of the season on loan at Barrow.
Depending on the situation, he might have been lining up for the Bantams against Grimsby on Saturday afternoon.
What happened next demonstrated how that tiny bit of self-assurance brought out the player I know I had and have been eager to display.
It was an absurd feeling to score four points against Crawley. I’ve played in a few doubles over my career, including the week before against Wrexham.
“I had a chance, and I honestly couldn’t sleep that night, wondering whether I would ever get another one. Seven days later, I received one. I was only thinking about getting the hat-trick when the second goal against Crawley went in.
Of course, let’s maintain the perfect record and avoid repeating our errors from last week, but I secretly believed I wouldn’t have a better opportunity to complete the hat-trick.
“The third goal was a wonderful sensation, and the fourth was the icing on the cake. In that game, it seemed like everything I touched found its way into the goal.
There is no finer sensation for a striker. It feels fantastic, but now is not the time to become complacent. This season has nine more months like this one, so nine more would be fine.
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Young makes it quite apparent that he will not take anything for granted from how he talks about his time at Bradford. He has the maturity to realize that this is not the only adversity he will face in his career.
Everyone is a confident player, thus, it means a lot to have someone believe in you. You only need that from your manager and team. Being in a good position mentally helps me play the football I know I can on the field since 90% of the game is played in your head.
“Awards, goals, and assists will be noted, and it’s a lovely feeling, but it’s not always to disprove others; it’s more to confirm my conviction that I am a good player.