Date: 25th October 2017 at 9:57am
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Premiership Stoke City travelled to Brisbane Road for a midweek fixture in the Carling cup to take on 3rd division opposition in the form of Leyton Orient of League 1 on the evening of Wednesday 26th August 2009. Well, it had to start somewhere for the Stoke on Trent born 17 year old youngster. In front of 2742 fans, the no. 42 striker started the evening on the bench in a much changed line up for the Potters, but the starting 11 still included players such as Dave Kitson, Danny Pugh, Leon Cort and Steve Simonsen. Even though Stoke had 58% possession come the final whistle after extra time, Orient managed to make sure the score remained goalless when the whistle blew just after 3 minutes injury time even having the better chances, but on 62 minutes, young Moult had his chance, his first senior appearance for his boyhood club. In the events that followed that game, Louis failed to get onto the score sheet in the following 60 minutes of open play which seemed to be the norm come the following years. Just before regular time finished on 93 minutes. Moult made a reckless tackle on Charlie Daniels and received a yellow for unsporting behaviour in the 90th minute.

Louis Moult, the ex Bantam of the moment
For the past few seasons, Moult seems to score more often than he fails to and is a consistent threat to any team he plays, but it hasn’t always been like that.

Stoke City – Just not good enough
Moult was contracted to Stoke City between 2009-12 after signing from local outfit Stoke Arrows, he may have impressed in the Potters’ academy, even becoming the academy player of the year in 2010, but given the chance in the first team, young Louis just couldn’t cut the mustard and only made 3 sub appearances in his time at senior level, 2 in the Carling Cup and once in the Premiership against Burnley, all of which at away grounds and not in front of his home fans at the Britannia.

Then came his first chance – Bradford City
It was obvious Moult needed to go out on loan to earn some first team experience and where better than at an ex Premiership club that resided at Valley Parade. There was a losing culture at the club for almost about a decade with the once top flight Bantams playing in their 3rd season in the 4th tier in League 2. It started off as usual, a 2nd half sub, this time away to Shrewsbury Town, a far cry from the surroundings of the Premiership, and just like his Stoke debut, he earned himself a yellow card and failed to find the net. The Bantams took the lead through Tom Adeyemi but eventually lost 3-1. But things were looking up, 3 days later Moult made his first senior start, a tasty home tie against 2nd division Nottingham Forest in the Carling Cup, a match where he helped the Bantams cause a shock over the Championship side winning 2-1 in extra time despite going behind just after the half hour mark. His commitment to the cause was commendable, but he just couldn’t score. It took him 14 games to get onto the score sheet, a game where Bradford City were already leading 4-0 at home to 9 man Oxford United, so after 15 appearances, 1 goal and 2 yellows, it was farewell to the 6ft striker, and nobody missed him, only to be forgotten over time.

Then came further loans
Mansfield Town 3 games 2 goals
Accrington Stanley 5 games zero goals
Mansfield Town again just 1 sub appearance no goal
Alfreton Town unable to score in 1 start

To be fair, naff.

Northampton Town might be the fresh start he needs
Nah, not really, Moult bombed at Sixfields and during his spell at the Cobblers Louis played 17 times scoring once, what made things worse for the striker, he was palmed off to Nuneaton Town further down the leagues on loan and again 17 games and scoring the once. Surely goals are beneath the ex Stoke man? At this rate, the opposition could play 11 outfield players and still walk away with a clean sheet.

Nuneaton Town must have been desperate in 2013
Then Boro signed Moult in the summer of 2013 after a dry loan spell with the club, but did they see something? Surely not, but 17 games were a good chance to give an insight into the player, even though his scoring record as a forward is on par with, well, a goalkeeper. But this is how the story continues from here……..

2013/14 a return of 17 goals from 43 games earned a move to Wrexham
2014/15 16 goals from 42 games and a move to the SPL with Motherwell
2015/16 18 goals 42 games
2016/17 an amazing 18 goals from 34 games
2017/18 to date has seen Moult score 11 goals in 15 games.

What a turnaround
We are talking the past 4 seasons Louis Moult has found the net between 16-18 games each consecutive season, and this season is smashing the goals in and already in double figures from 15 games, his latest outing hitting a brace away at Rangers in the Scottish League cup managing to earn a final spot against Celtic for the Steelmen.

A career of 2 halves

First 4 years – 62 appearances 6 goals – 1 goal per 10 games
Last 4 years – 176 appearances 86 goals – 1 goal every 2nd game

With a very poor start to his career, Moult definitely has finally found a happy formula to his game, and now in his 3rd season at Motherwell, with such consistently outstanding goal scoring performances, it only has to be a matter of time a Championship club will take a look at Moult who is still only 25 years old.

From his days as a loanee at Valley Parade 7 years ago, I wouldn’t have given Moult a 2nd thought as a footballer at any level, but for me he has to be one of the ex Bantams of the moment, well, for the past few years definitely. Moult now has the chance of winning his first silverware when Motherwell take on Celtic in the Scottish League Cup final at the end of November, and I for one will be rooting for him. Signed for the club just after McCall became manager, actually signed for Motherwell and Bradford just after McCall was manager, this is one ex Bantam I would love to see us try and snap up again one day.

I will end the article wishing good luck and keep my fingers crossed, and get some beers in as I will raise a glass for the one time Bantam as this time next month we will find out if Louis Moult will lift the cup, in hopefully another scoring performance.

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