And I’m there! The final ‘New Blue’ piece (for now at least) introduces our new left-back, who put pen to paper on a one-year deal earlier this week.
The former Charlton and Dulwich Hamlet man has enjoyed a great pre-season, proving his worth on trial after his release by the Addicks – for whom he made six appearances, all in the EFL Trophy and Cup. He adds crucial depth – and hopefully competition – to a problem position. Joe Jacobson has been a fine servant to the club, but there’s no room for sentiment here; he was a liability at times last season.
In terms of athleticism and pace, Mascoll already has the edge – well, a lot more than the edge, let’s be honest – and his delivery isn’t too shabby either. JJ’s not going to gain any strength or pace – something funny’s going on if he does – and if he doesn’t step it up in terms of defensive positioning and crossing in the early weeks, his place in the side will surely come under threat. It already has done in recent months, with Michael Harriman taking over for much of the 2018/19 run-in.
“Jamie is very quick, very athletic and has shown he’s got an excellent delivery on him, so we believe he’s got the attributes that give us another option in the left-back role.” – Gareth Ainsworth
Also able to play on the left of midfield, the 22-year-old (yes, another one) should be a useful weapon in the final third. He laid on assists for the Beast and Jacob Gardiner-Smith in the friendlies against Brentford and Barnet respectively, and his worldie of a sole professional goal to date (see for yourself at 1:20 below) came after some neat interplay and intelligent peeling off into space. Just how the defensive side of his game stacks up won’t become completely clear until he faces some sterner challenges, but he’s looked steady in pre-season.
As is the case with a number of our new acquisitions, you’d imagine that his limited senior experience more than anything will be what keeps Mascoll off the teamsheet for now. There’s little denying that he provides an exciting alternative to the seemingly fading Jacobson, though. He’s barely played higher than the sixth tier, but that could all change in the coming months. There’s decent cause for optimism with this one.
Quick Facts & Stats
Born: 15th March 1997 in Catford, London
Former clubs: Charlton (2017-2019), Dulwich Hamlet (loan, 2019), Dulwich Hamlet (2014-2017), Grays Athletic (loan, 2016-2017), Cray Wanderers (loan, 2016), Phoenix Sports (loan, 2015-2016)