Stoke City striker Jacob Brown was a surprise inclusion in Steve Clarke’s Scotland squad for the crunch World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Denmark – but who is the 23-year-old?
Brown has scored four times in 19 appearances for the Potters this season and scored in the 3-3 with Cardiff City on Saturday.
He came through at Barnsley’s Academy having also spent time at Sheffield Wednesday as a kid, going on to make almost 100 appearances for Barnsley across League One and the Championship.
The Halifax-born striker also had a spell on loan at Chesterfield and joined Stoke City for an undisclosed fee in September 2020.
Hopefully Brown can make a goalscoring start to his Scotland career but he’s not exactly been prolific at club level so far with 22 goals in 161 senior games so far – although he’s unlikely to be deployed as the main focal point of Scotland’s attack. With as many assists as goals in his career so far, Brown makes for an interesting addition.
Former Northern Ireland boss – and almost-Scotland manager – Michael O’Neill manages Brown at club level and this is what he’s had to say about the striker in the past: “I think Jacob has demonstrated a lot of good qualities, He gives us fantastic energy at the top end of the pitch and certainly the other strikers have to demonstrate that if they come into the game or are given the opportunity.”
Brown has bags of pace and the right-footed forward could fill in as the second striker alongside Adams or Nisbet against Moldova. He could also take one of the wing-back roles but it seems likely Nathan Patterson and Stephen O’Donnell will continue to battle for that instead.
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