Wilson says Daly is not the answer to left-back riddle, because he's '˜not a left-back'

Derek Daly is not seen as the answer to Chesterfield's left-back riddle, because the club no longer consider him a defender.

Thursday, 29th September 2016, 8:15 am
Updated Wednesday, 5th October 2016, 2:18 pm
Chesterfield v Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Checkatrade Trophy at the Proact on Tuesday August 30th 2016. Chesterfield player Derek Daly in action. Photo: Chris Etchells

Danny Wilson explained why the young Irishman, in his first year as a professional with the Spireites, was not brought into the side when first and second choice left-backs Dan Jones and Dion Donohue got injured.

Liam Graham played on the left hand side of the back four on Saturday and Laurence Maguire took the left-back spot on Tuesday night.

“He’s not there yet. He’s got a lot of learning to do yet,” said Wilson of Daly.

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“The position he was given to us with was left-back, personally I don’t think he’s a left-back if I’m honest.

“He’s more of an attack minded player, more of a winger and I think he prefers to play there as well.”

Becoming known solely as a left winger presents a fresh challenge for the 19-year-old however.

Wilson said: “If that’s the position he prefers us to select him in then he’s got a few players in front of him at the moment.

“That’s the problem really.”

Jay O’Shea, Dan Gardner and Reece Mitchell have all played left wing for Chesterfield, and Gboly Ariyibi has been known to switch over from the right flank at times.

Daly, who has two Chesterfield appearances on his CV to date, progressed through Mark Smith’s academy at the Proact, along with Curtis Morrison.