Harry Forrester is trying too hard to impress, according to Paul Dickov.
The 23-year-old winger’s frustrating season hit another low point last weekend when he missed a vital penalty in the 1-0 defeat to ten-men Sheffield United.
Forrester was dropped for Kyle Bennett at Weston-super-Mare on Tuesday night and faces a battle to regain his place at Rochdale tomorrow after Bennett impressed in the 4-1 win.
Dickov says Forrester, who missed the majority of last season through injury, is so anxious to impress and make up for lost time that it is affecting his game.
“Harry’s only let down at the minute is he tends to try too hard sometimes,” said Dickov.
“He’s that eager to impress the fans and impress myself, and that eager to do well in his career, that sometimes he tries that little bit too hard.
“When you do that you take something away from your game.
“So we’re just trying to get him to relax a little bit and enjoy his football.”
Before a ball was kicked this season Dickov said Forrester had the potential to be “the best player in League One”.
But the former Aston Villa trainee’s campaign has been blighted by two red cards and now a high profile penalty miss.
On Forrester’s form this term, Dickov said: “Harry’s done okay.
“He’s been a bit like the team - a little bit inconsistent at times, and looked very good at times.
“He missed a lot of football last year and he’s missed a good bit of football this year already.
“Like Curtis Main, there’s three or four of the lads we need to get games into them to get the best out of them.
“In fits and starts we’ve seen what Harry is capable of. He’s a talented boy.”
Forrester’s left wing rival Bennett caught the eye at the Woodspring Stadium, laying on goals for Curtis Main and Richie Wellens.