Barnsley: Reds starlet backed to fulfil potential

Reds youngster Reuben Noble-Lazarus
Reds youngster Reuben Noble-Lazarus
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David Flitcroft has revealed that youngster Reuben Noble-Lazarus will get his chance to try and shine at left-back.

“Reuben can play at left-back and he’ll get his chance, but can he play Saturday and Tuesday, then Saturday and Tuesday? I’m not sure,” the Barnsley manager told The Star.

“Reuben is young and he came in and did a good job against Huddersfield, but we’ll have to monitor that position and see where we go.”

Flitcroft is equally happy that defender Tom Kennedy could fill the role vacated by Scott Golbourne.

“Tom [Kennedy] can play there too and of all the players he’s got the highest win percentage when he’s in the team, he’s at 48 per cent and he can fit into a number of formations, whether we play a 4-4-2 or a 4-4-1-1,” he said.

Flitcroft has admitted that he will delve into the loan market if a suitable replacement for Golbourne becomes available.

“Goldy [Golbourne] has played over 150 games in that position if you count his time at Exeter and other clubs, so he had experience,” he said. “It’s a difficult position thought the wing-back role, it’s a specialist position. It takes a lot of practice to master it.

“Reuben has done a lot of work over the winter and in pre-season, so he’s going to get opportunities. But we’re always looking for signings and if the right quality comes along then I won’t be afraid to recycle players.

“If we have to keep turning over players, then so be it. But we’ll only do that if I feels it benefits the squad and the football club.”

The Star understands the Reds could still try and sign Leeds United left-back Aidan White, someone who is familiar with playing as a left wing-back. But Flitcroft has said he will continue to monitor lots of different players - and in different positions to see whether he can strengthen his squad further.

Today the Reds will play a behind closed-door friendly with Manchester City with defender Martin Cranie tipped to feature. Fellow defender Lewin Nyatanga, who has also been recovering from a knee injury, could also get a run-out.