Uwe Rosler is set to give several players a chance to shine against Leeds United tomorrow as Fleetwood’s new head coach continues to assess his squad.
Rosler is looking forward to his first home game as Town boss and says he will make changes to the team that drew 1-1 in Saturday’s League One opener at Northampton.
Rosler was sacked after just 12 games in charge of Leeds last October and will face the Championship club for the first time since his exit in this EFL Cup tie.
But the 47-year-old German says he will treat the first round tie like any other game, and he plans to take a look at players who did not start on Saturday before he considers bringing fresh faces in during the current transfer window.
Rosler said: “I address the Leeds game as a normal game for me.
“I will probably bring in a few players and make a few changes, so everybody can show me in the first two weeks what they are all about, then we see what we have to do while the transfer window is open.
“The players have all shown me good quality and good application in training, and it’s fair that the players who have not started (at Northampton) might get a chance against Leeds.”
Rosler gave Victor Nirennold the nod at Sixfields Stadium and the midfielder repaid his faith by cancelling out Chris Neal’s own goal to secure a point.
And Frenchman Nirennold was pleased to score his first professional goal a year after making the switch from the sunny sands of Miami City to the wet and windy Fylde coast.
Nirennold said: “It was a great game and a good point to start the season.
“It wasn’t the plan (to go a goal down) but we came back stronger.
“It was my first professional goal and it was a good feeling.
“I saw Bobby (Grant) on the right wing. I know he has a great left foot and the gaffer told me all week to get on the post. So I ran to the post, the ball came in and I headed it.
“I told (David Ball) to leave the ball. I’m tall but I’m not that good with my head, so it was a good goal.
“We are getting ready for the next game and hopefully we are going to get the win.”
Nirennold started in a midfield three on Saturday, alongside Jimmy Ryan and Eggert Jonsson.
He says that playing with that experienced duo has helped him improve his game, as has new head coach Rosler.
He said: “It is always nice to start and that is my first objective. If I’m going to score, I will score.
“I had to play in defence (last season) because of injuries but I’m a midfielder.
“It is always a pleasure to play with Jimmy and Eggert. They are experienced players. They know what they are doing and they help me a lot.
“(I learn from) just being around them and seeing them training. They give me advice, both on the pitch and off the pitch.
“Uwe Rosler has been great with me. He helps me a lot and gives me advice.
He helps me with how I position myself on the field, how I should play and how to improve my game.”