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Kieffer Moore has worked his way up from the dark depths of non-league, to lead the League One goal scoring charts come December. The tall striker has not had an easy route to the football league, but now he’s here he doesn’t look out of place and has taken the third tier by storm.
Beginning his career at Truro, of the National League South, his goal scoring exploits during the 12/13 season were clear to see, as he smashed 13 goals in 22 league games. However, with Truro bottom of the division, they were always going to struggle to keep their star man, and the inevitable happened in February 2013, when Moore signed an 18-month deal with fellow National League South side Dorchester.
His brief time at Dorchester was hugely prolific, as he bagged 7 goals in just 13 games despite picking up a troublesome thigh injury. After interest from Charlton and other Football League clubs, Moore signed for newly promoted Championship club Yeovil in July 2013 for an undisclosed fee.
The move perhaps came a bit too early for the 20-year-old, as he struggled for playing time and goals during his two-year stay. Nine goals in 58 games isn’t the best return for a striker, and after his contract expired Moore made the drastic decision to swap the English leagues for the Norwegian top flight.
Moore signed a one-year deal with Viking, but failed to make an impact in Norway and was back in the UK by December 2015, having trials with Exeter and Leyton Orient. He signed an 18-month deal with National League side Forest Green, helping Rovers to the Play Off final, but missing the showpiece with a ruptured appendix.
The next season, after a short and successful loan spell with home town club Torquay, Moore continued his fine form back at Forest Green, and as a result secured a surprise move to Championship side Ipswich in January. He failed to score in any of his 11 games back at that level, and in the summer signed a season long loan at League One club Rotherham.
Since then he hasn’t stopped scoring, netting 13 goals in 20 league games to top the scoring charts.
Strengths & Weaknesses
At six foot five inches, Moore’s obvious strength is his size and aerial ability. Not many can beat him in an aerial duel, but that is not all he has to offer. He has also shown a brilliant finishing ability with either foot during his recent stint with Rotherham, as well as the vital attribute of being in the right place at the right time.
His most important strength right now is his confidence. Arguably the most important aspect of any striker, once a striker is in the goals it is very hard to stop them. Moore has shown throughout his career his is a confidence- player, and right now there aren’t many strikers in the country with more confidence than this man.
One thing he may need to work on is his temper. In the recent game with Bristol Rovers, Moore was shown a straight red card in the 79th minute for striking out at a Bristol player who was marking him. Although it is important that players have some kind of edge to them, too much will end up costing his team, and Moore can have no effect on the game if he isn’t on the pitch.
What They Say
Mick Mccarthy- Ipswich manager
“He might have 20-plus goals before Christmas and that would be something else. He’s doing great. That’s exactly the reason why, one; I signed him and, two; why I sent him out on loan to go and get his football”.
Paul Warne- Rotherham manager
“He’s kindly loaned him to me. I’d like Kieffer to stay, but Mick holds all the aces really. If he wants him to go back to play for him, Kieffer goes with my blessing. He’s been brilliant for me. I’d love to keep him, but I’m also realistic enough to accept he is Mick’s player, not mine.