It’s not an uncommon narrative in football where an unsuspecting player, heeding the coach’s orders to always remain ready, finds a game to play the hero. But how many of these players are able to do this day in and day out? Being able to consistently take advantage of opportunities is what separates the good football players from the excellent, and Graham Caygill’s numbers last year point to the fact that he’s on his way to the latter.
Upon signing with the Sparks on March 2014, Caygill, a firm favorite among the club’s supporters, has growingly displayed impressive offensive abilities. To start 2015, he was an integral part of the successful PFF National Club Championship run, when he replaced the injured Phil Younghusband in the final.
By the end of UFL season that followed, Caygill had a total of 10 goals – second highest in the team, despite starting in only eight games. He was a reliable spark plug off the bench that raised the Loyola Meralco Sparks’ intensity with his formidable presence. Coupled with his work ethic in training, Graham took advantage of every opportunity given to him, whether as a starter, or a late-game substitute.
His two goals in 15 minutes against Manila Jeepney in the second half of the season gave the perfect example of his efficient nature. As important, he has shown a real chemistry with his teammates, and has proven that he holds the ability to step-up on the big occasion.
By maximizing his time on the field and playing to his strengths, Caygill has proven to be a valuable part of the Loyola Meralco Sparks attack.