Competition up front is a strength says Leyton Orient boss Jackett

Ruel Sotiriou of Leyton Orient and Rafiq Khaleel of Crawley Town during Crawley Town vs Leyton Orien

Ruel Sotiriou of Leyton Orient and Rafiq Khaleel of Crawley Town - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Leyton Orient manager Kenny Jackett sees competition up front as a key strength among the squad ahead of Walsall clash. 

The O’s will welcome the Saddlers to the Breyer Group Stadium on Saturday with the boss having plenty of options at his disposal. 

Paul Smyth will have returned from international duty with Ruel Sotiriou providing fierce competition to Harry Smith, Aaron Drinan and Theo Archibald at present. 

“It has been a settled front three, as you said Ruel made a good impression (Saturday) and a good impression at Crawley Town on Tuesday, he scored two goals,” Jackett said. 

“Paul Smyth then gives us five very good options for those front three positions, I just see that as strength, stronger bench and a little bit more depth. 

Harry Smith of Leyton Orient scores the fourth goal for his team during Leyton Orient vs Oldham Athl

Harry Smith of Leyton Orient heads home - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

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“If all five are fit then I do think there is goals there. It’s five good forwards for three positions in the current formation. 

“That can only be good for the club going into the winter period.” 

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The Saddlers have struggled to start the new campaign as they sit 19th in League Two after the opening the opening 11 fixtures. 

Former Orient forward Conor Wilkinson has struggled with injuries so far this season but has found the net twice in six appearances including a last gasp winner at home to Salford City on the weekend. 

The O’s however are hoping they can avoid anymore suspensions with bookings slowly building up in the opening months. 

Left-back Connor Wood picked up a yellow after the final whistle at Barrow to take him up to three bookings. 

A number of the squad are now up to two or three on the season, but the boss is determined for his side to continue playing with an edge, and passion. 

“We don’t want those bookings, but we’re coming away to Barrow, and it’s a tough place to come. You have to be strong and competitive enough, so it’s a double edge sword really. 

“We don’t unnecessarily bookings, but we do want to compete though, and we will have to be able to be successful particularly coming to places like this.” 

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