Cheltenham Town Face Competition For 21-Goal Forward

Cheltenham Town join a race consisting of Sheffield Wednesday, Barnsley and Wigan Athletic who are interested in making a move to sign former Solihull Moors striker Andrew Dallas, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke from Football Insider.

The 23-year-old forward, who also had a spell at Chesterfield in the National League last season, is currently a free agent after not signing a new deal offered to him by the Moors, with the club due a compensation fee for his services as he’s under the age of 24.

The Robins now join a battle consisting of fellow League One sides Barnsley and Wigan Athletic, as well as recently promoted Championship outfit Sheffield Wednesday in the race for the in-demand striker, who scored a total of 21 goals in 50 appearances last season in all competitions.

What clubs are in the race?

It is now being reported that Cheltenham Town have now entered the race in pursuit of the signature of Dallas, joining the likes of Barnsley, Wigan Athletic and Sheffield Wednesday who have also shown an interest in the forward.

Sheffield Wednesday were recently promoted to the Championship via the League One Playoffs following a 123rd-minute winner in the final from Josh Windass against Barnsley, which sealed their return to the second tier after two years away.

Meanwhile, Barnsley are looking to put their playoff final disappointment to one side as they gear up to go again in League One, this time, under the management of Neill Collins following the departure of Michael Duff to Swansea City to become their new boss.

Wigan Athletic are looking for an instant return to the Championship following relegation last season alongside Blackpool and Reading, who also took the drop with the Latics, whilst Cheltenham Town are looking for a replacement for striker Alfie May, who has departed the club to sign for fellow League One side Charlton Athletic.

Who is Andrew Dallas?

Starting his career in the youth academy at Rangers in his native Scotland, Dallas would not make a single appearance for the Ibrox faithful, being loaned out to the likes of Stenhousemuir and Greenock Morton to boost up his experience.

The forward would then go on to leave Rangers on a permanent deal in July 2019, penning a deal with Cambridge United on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

The 23-year-old would make a total of 33 appearances for the U’s, scoring twice, in a spell at the Abbey in which he would also bag 12 goals in 25 games whilst on loan at Weymouth for the second half of the 21/22 season.

Scotsman Dallas would be on the move again in the summer of 2021, signing for National League side Solihull Moors for an undisclosed fee. At the Moors, the 23-year-old would make a name for himself as one of the deadliest forwards in the division, notching up a total of 34 goals in 83 appearances for the club since his arrival.

The 2021/22 season was a breakthrough year for Dallas as he came up with 19 goals in 43 league appearances, helping Solihull Moors to a third-place finish before being on the wrong end of the National League Playoff Final, losing to Grimsby Town.

The Scottish forward would be on the move again in March 2023, making the switch to Chesterfield on loan from Solihull Moors until the end of the season. During his stint at the Spireites, Dallas bagged seven goals in 14 total appearances for the club in a spell which saw the Scotsman on the losing side of the National League Playoff Final for a second straight year, this time, losing to Notts County on penalties.

Writer’s View

With a number of sides now interested in the services of Andrew Dallas, this has really been a saga which has dragged on for some time now regarding his future.

In saying that, I have my doubts whether he is ready for a Championship move. There’s no denying he’s had a brilliant couple of years for both Solihull Moors and Chesterfield in the National League and I think a League One move like Cheltenham Town would be decent for him, but I have my concerns about if he will play in the second tier. It will be interesting to see what happens next.

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