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Josh Ilan says Barnet winger Keanu Marsh-Brown has become a fan's favourite during his short time with the club
Barnet have been accustomed to having some very good wingers in the past few years. Ricky Holmes, Yannick Bolasie, Albert Adomah and Jason Puncheon are just a few of the talented wide men who have plied their trade for us.
The latter three have gone on to play regularly in the top two tiers of English football and this upwards rise could be replicated by another winger embracing the Barnet faithful – Keanu Marsh-Brown.
Having joined Barnet after struggling to live up to the enormous potential he showed as a youngster at Fulham - where he gained several appearances for England’s youth groups - he came to the Bees in March looking to resurrect his career and seeking a guiding hand.
Despite only playing 13 games for Barnet, very few players have had the impact Marsh-Brown has. He is becoming a fans’ favourite and is a vital component of the team.
On his debut last season, Marsh-Brown came off the bench against AFC Wimbledon and scored the winning goal with minutes to play. It has become a regular sight and the winger has added an abundance of goals from out wide – five in total since his arrival.
He is a player who can provide a chance out of nothing, a game-changer, a match-winner. Opposition defenders are terrorised by his blistering pace combined with his tricks and skills.
When he is on the ball, he lights up the game and is an extremely entertaining player to watch. He has also provided many magical moments as shown against Lincoln.
Receiving the ball around 35 yards away from the goal, he ran and ran, jaunting past a countless amount of Lincoln defenders effortlessly.
He then beat the goalkeeper, plus another onrushing defender before tapping the ball into the empty net.
The reaction from the crowd said it all: stark delirium at witnessing one of Barnet's best ever goals. Despite it being early on in the campaign, the 'Goal of the Season' award may have already been decided.
Not only is he a phenomenal talent but he is a great guy off the pitch, with him being an incredibly amiable and genuine. His demeanour has been first-class, he presents a hard-working attitude coupled with a burning desire and ambition to achieve.
Unfortunately for us Marsh-Brown will leave us to play at a much higher level one day.
We have provided him with a platform to showcase his talents which he has undoubtedly done.
In return he has provided us with some great moments in only a handful of games.
Should he continue his current form he has the capability to turn himself into a player who will be talked about by the Barnet faithful for years to come.
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