Right Winger of the Season: David Wheeler

Wheeler having a great season for the Grecians

Since November, Exeter City have been a joy to watch. They move the ball smoothly into the final third and the attacking trio of David Wheeler, Ollie Watkins and another forward works well. The striker, either Liam McAlinden or Reuben Reid, drifts into wide areas, creating space for Wheeler and Watkins to make late runs into goalscoring positions.

The latter is one of the most exciting, young players in League Two and has understandably attracted the most attention from bigger clubs. Wheeler, perhaps due to asthma, injuries and being five years older at 26, does not attract as much interest, but is equally important to Exeter in the short-term picture.

The ex-Lewes man is top scorer this term with 14 goals. Intriguingly, not many of them have required pace over long distances. Instead, he prides himself on sensing where goalscoring opportunities will open up, then having the agility and sharpness in the box to capitalize.

In the 27 games Wheeler has started, Exeter have picked up 49 points. That equates to 1.8 per game, a record that if sustained over a whole season, would have them third in the table and nine points clear in the automatic promotion race. The club will hope to tie him down to a new contract, his current deal expiring this summer, but more pressing matters persist in the meanwhile.

Keeping the wide man fit will be crucial to Exeter’s aspirations, both in reaching the play-offs and winning them.