Hayley Paterson: Tyson’s putting the fury of last season behind him

Nathan Tyson has been all smiles since joining Rovers. Photo: Steve Uttley.
Nathan Tyson has been all smiles since joining Rovers. Photo: Steve Uttley.

Nathan Tyson’s stats during last season admittedly make for grim reading.

In 25 appearances across all competitions he featured for three different clubs in the shape of Blackpool, Fleetwood and Notts County [the latter two on loan]. And the striker failed to net.

It’s a harsh summary of a player who was obviously unsettled and not particularly enjoying his football during that time.

The 32-year-old has been honest when recalling his 2013-14 nightmare - a time where he admitted to becoming disillusioned with football and since leaving Blackpool, he struggled to find another club.

But fast-forward a few months and Tyson has burst into life after joining Doncaster.

Paul Dickov put his faith in a player who didn’t have a record to boast about last term.

But that one-year deal has seemingly rejuvenated Tyson’s career and in return, Dickov’s faith in the pacy striker is already paying off.

For me, Tyson was one of the standout players during pre-season.

At Lincoln in particular, he came on during the second half and looked positive, ready to gamble on the last man and really did look like a danger player as he spearheaded Rovers’ attack.

It’s probably best not to recall the result of that game, but looking at the individuals on display, Tyson looked like someone who could really benefit Doncaster this season.

He’s offered a decent return so far in five appearances in the red and white. Strikes against Preston North End and most recently Watford have helped steer the club to fledgling success in this season’s League One and the Capital One Cup.

And following his 12th minute penalty at Vicarage Road this week, Dickov labelled Tyson as “different class”.

He said: “His attitude is up there with the best and he really leads by example, which is something we need in this team. He deserved his goal.”

People may call him a journeyman, look at his stats and question last season’s form but a player enjoying their football and playing with confidence is going to do Rovers no end of good - and you can’t argue with the start he’s made.

Of course, let’s not get too carried away here but I personally can’t help but enjoy the start that Tyson has made in the Rovers colours. And, with Curtis Main’s setback, there’s no better time for Tyson and Theo Robinson to really take their chances up top.