Metts on rumour mill

Worksop Town v Grantham Town, pictured is Leon Mettam (w131214-5c)
Worksop Town v Grantham Town, pictured is Leon Mettam (w131214-5c)

If rumours are to be believed, Leon Mettam is joining Sheffield United, Peterborough and Doncaster Rovers in the January transfer window.

But the prolific striker, currently out injured with an ankle problem, has no idea where the transfer talk is coming from.

Speaking to the Guardian on New Year’s Day, when he missed the game against Matlock, the 36-goal striker said: “It’s a bit crazy, I don’t know where it’s come from.”

“I’m getting people adding me on twitter, telling me it’s a done deal that I’m going here, there and everywhere.”

“All I’ve got to do is keep my head down, keep scoring for Worksop and try to get promoted this season.”

While it’s very believable that clubs are keeping tabs on a man who has hit four hat-tricks already during the current campaign, Mettam insists scouts won’t just be turning up at Sandy Lane to see him.

“If you’re doing your job and playing well then speculation will come.”

“If the bigger clubs will be looking to sign players from non league then it won’t just be me who’s getting recognised, it will be all the lads who are doing well.”

“You can’t keep the sharks away, we’re a small club who have got a load of good players in, and we’re doing well as a team.”

The form he has shown to send the rumour mill into overdrive is understandably pleasing for the 27-year-old, who now has 59 goals in two seasons for Tigers.

When asked if this was his best ever season, he replied: “It’s up there. Not just on a personal point of view, the lads are absolutely flying.”

“If we can keep it going and get a promotion under our belt that would be fantastic.”

“I’m lucky that the goals are going in. Some of the goals I’m scoring, I’ll never hit another one like them, like the one on Boxing Day.”

“Everything I’m hitting is flying in at the minute.”

Although Mettam may be on track to beat Kirk Jackson’s 2000/01 tally of 40 goals, or Kenny Clark’s 58 in 1994/95, he’ll have to wait for his left ankle to heal.

“It’s black and blue, I think I’m a couple of weeks away. I’ve just gone over on it, he won the ball in the tackle but my foot has got trapped underneath.”