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“Competition” is key for John Askey

30 August 2019

Although the transfer window has now closed, the loan window remains open until tomorrow and before the window shuts, Askey is hopeful that a few more faces may come to Vale Park.

Over the summer, the Vale brought in 11 new players to help boost, rebuild and develop the squad from last season, in a bid to have a more successful campaign, with players such as David Amoo and Richie Bennett hitting the ground running, scoring four goals between them already.

As the final deadline fast approaches the gaffer refused to rule out the possibility of a few more additions joining his team, and was hopeful that they will have an instant impact like the signings from the summer, in helping the Valiants get good results with positive performances.

A key reason for the level of performance so far has been because every player has to fight hard to maintain or win their place in the starting 11 according to Askey, who spoke of the importance of competition in depth.

The biggest problem for the boss in regards to his team, is trying to pick who will start, due to the amount of talent at his disposal, and this issue will be made even harder when everyone is fit, such as Manny Oyeleke who is back in training and Rhys Browne who will return to action soon.  

He said: “I feel as though we do need to make sure we’ve got enough [players] now until January, and that’s the problem with the transfer window, it forces you into making sure your squad is big enough.

“Once them two [Oyeleke and Browne] are back I think that’s everybody fit then, so we’ve done quite well with injuries, so it’ll be nice to have everybody available and it gives me a bit of a headache.

“Hopefully you go on a run and the team doesn’t change too much and when people come in they’re fighting to keep the shirt, and that creates competition.”

The gaffer’s first opportunity to try and pick his strongest starting line-up is tomorrow against Cambridge United, a game where Askey and his men look to bounce back from their disappointing Grimsby Town defeat.

The game will see Colin Calderwood’s men travel to Vale Park, a place Askey has stated he wants to become a fortress that opposition teams fear having to play at, something that has started well this season, with Vale picking up five points at home this season.

The impact of the fans at Vale Park was again picked out by the gaffer, as he highlighted how much they help to boost the players, and is hoping that they can regain their form, work hard and reward the fans with another three points.

He said: “We know if we get a result on Saturday we’re back with the front-runners, and that’s where we want to be.

“When I first came in, I don’t think it [Vale Park] was a place that our players relished playing, I think that has changed, everybody’s looking forward to playing on Saturday.

“The support has been fantastic, so we’ve got to keep that going and the only way you keep it going is by winning games and performing.”


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