BRENDAN Wiredu is regarded as one of the most promising young players in League Two.

But the Colchester United midfielder has revealed the areas of his game he would most like to improve.

Wiredu has made a big impact since joining the U’s on a permanent basis at the start of 2021, playing his part in helping them preserve their League Two status, last season.

The 21-year-old has started eight of Colchester’s opening ten league games under Hayden Mullins so far this season.

However, the former Charlton Athletic youngster is still striving for more – and is particularly keen to improve the impact he has in the opposition box.

Wiredu told Col U TV: “I kind of see myself as an all-rounder.

“I was more the deep lying midfielder against West Ham, getting on the ball and trying to dictate the play.

“But I can also get in the box and arrive late.

“I’d like to get myself more goals and the amount of chances I get, I think I can do that.

“I’ll be arriving late in the box trying to do that, which we’ve been working on in training.

“I’ve set myself targets of how many goals I want to get, this season.

“I personally think I can get into double figures, so if I keep working on the finishing and end product in training, I think it’ll show in games.

“I watch quite a lot of clips on goalscoring, tackling, final passes that they’ve made.

“I over-analyse my matches as well.

“As soon as the game has finished, I watch the game back and pick out clips of what I can do better or what I should be doing better.


“I support Arsenal and when I was younger, I used to watch (Patrick) Vieira quite a bit and Yaya Toure, as well.

“I feel like they dominate themselves on the game.

“Now I look at Paul Pogba and the way he plays – technically, I think he’s ridiculous.

“I like to be technically very, very good and be on the same benchmark as them.”

Colchester return to the JobServe Community Stadium this weekend, hoping to end a four-match winless run with victory over high-flying Harrogate Town.

The U’s are yet to win in the league at home this season in contrast to their away form, where their defeat at Tranmere Rovers last Friday was their first of the League Two campaign on their travels.

Wiredu added: “It’s crazy, because last season it was completely the opposite.

“We struggled away from home very badly and only won one game away from home.

“This year, the wins at Oldham and Barrow felt unreal but the downside to it is that we’re not winning at home.

“We now need to go and win at home and use the same energy that we’re using for away games for the home games.”