Mahlon Romeo & Devante McKain: Ready For The Next Step?

Having watched both Mahlon Romeo and Devante McKain play in today’s Development fixture, could we soon see them both – if they keep working hard and applying themselves correctly – regularly forcing their way into the first team picture.

Mahlon is into his third year with the club having originally joined on a youth contract in 2012, and made his senior debut on the final day of the championship winning season of 2012-13, while Devante has also been at the Priestfield for just over two years having arrived from non league Maidenhead in November 2012.

Possessing a good turn of pace and natural agility, Mahlon has all the tools to progress at either right back or on the right side of midfield.

During today’s game his delivery from wide areas was generally good, he was aware of his position and also took his goal very well when the chance arrived.

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Devante is everything that you want in a centre back, possessing the right frame to compete both in the air and on the deck with opposing forwards. He is strong with his head and has sufficient pace to recover if ever caught out of position.

He wasn’t really tested properly against what was mainly a youthful Leyton Orient outfit, but everything he had to do he did properly alongside the more experienced Leon Legge.

The added bonus for the pair this afternoon was that they both got on the score sheet, McKain thundering home a header to put his side 3-0 up, and Romeo coolly slotting home on the run to complete the 6-1 route.

Both are aware that they still have plenty to do to dislodge more established players in front of them, but it seemed clear that they both have the temperament necessary to work hard, bide their time and then take their chance whenever it may arrive.

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