Port Talbot squad strength will ease Belle and Mohamed departures

Andy Dyer will have to work with what he’s got as he looks to make do after the recent departures of Cortez Belle and Kaid Mohamed.

The duo arrived as part of a busy summer of rebuilding at Port Talbot but leave the club just eight weeks into the new season.

Belle, a well-known figure within the WPL, completed a move to Merthyr before the weekend. Mohamed, a surprise signing when announced by the Steelmen, has returned to the Football League and joins Accrington Stanley on non-contract terms.

Dyer however is likely to turn to two lesser-established names in their absence. Jonathan Hood – familiar in WPL circles after previously featuring for Afan Lido and Carmarthen Town – has made a bright start to his Port Talbot career, establishing himself as one of the side’s best performers so far this season, featuring in midfield or out wide, where Kaid Mohamed was predominantly used in his four appearances for the club.

Meanwhile, expect to see more of 19-year-old Joseph Jones. The young defender is likely to take the centre-back position vacated by Belle and has already adapted well to the WPL, following his release from Swansea City in the summer where he was a first-year professional.

As is the trend this season throughout the league, Port Talbot have struggled to find consistency so far but they have no reason to be too concerned at this stage. Despite the loss of two experienced players in Belle and Mohamed, Andy Dyer can be encouraged to what Hood and Jones have brought to his squad.

Image courtesy of Mike Greenslade Photography

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