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#70: Rob Apter (Blackpool / Tranmere Rovers)

2024/04/04 14:50
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Up next is League Two Young Player of the Season nominee Rob Apter, currently on loan at Tranmere Rovers from Blackpool.

Since Nigel Adkins took the reins at Rovers back in November, the exciting Apter has been an instrumental player for the Whites. 

No doubt impressed by his development at Prenton Park, the 21-year-old's parent club have acted swiftly: Blackpool renewing the Apter's contract until 2027 back in January. 

Apter has been given a license to thrill in Tranmere's attacking third and is pace and technique have been allied to an improving end product. 

With nine goals and five assists in 33 League Two appearances, Apter has caught our eye not only for his 'street football' vibe, but also for his stats. Among Under-21 players currently in League Two, only Colchester's Jayden Fevrier (95) has completed more successful dribbles than Apter (39), for example. 

Moreover, Apter isn't afraid to take shots from long range. In League Two, only Dan Kemp (5) and George Thomson (5) have scored more goals from outside the box than Apter (4) - who has shown a considerable, ahem, aptitude from long range.

Following the winger's matchwinner over promotion-chasers Mansfield last month, Tranmere boss Nigel Adkins summed up his young sharge perfectly:

"Rob Apter has been producing the goods regularly. You give him the ball and he gives you that bit of flair out wide, he can take somebody on, link with a team-mate, he can use both feet and he scores goals."

Charting at 70 in Playmaker's 2023/24 countdown, Apter is certainly one to watch. 


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2024-04-04 15h03m by jreedmanbrst
As a football fan, I can't wait for the end of the 2023/24 Championship, League One and League Two campaigns! The promotion and relegation battles are making it so exciting to watch. Can't wait to see who will be the heroes and villains in the remaining games. @Playmaker, love your annual countdown of the EFL's best performers, even though it's always controversial. Just remember, it's all about the stats, not just the players' skills
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