Former Seasider Bobby Grant is giving his manager a real headache ahead of tomorrow’s big derby day.
Fleetwood Town travel to Bloomfield Road looking to make it three wins from three.
Grant has come off the bench to score in back-to-back home wins for Town. But with loan duo Tariqe Fosu and David Henen also in top form, manager Steven Pressley has a tough choice to make.
“Bobby keeps giving me a problem by coming on and scoring,” the Town boss joked. “That’s a good problem to have.
“He’s a very good lad. I have a lot of time for him. He came into the side when I first came here and he did really well.
“Then he had a couple of quiet performances and he’s been patient again.
“The one thing you want as a manager is players to give you problems and he’s doing that. He’s come off the bench and scored a couple of spectacular goals and he’s a hugely talented player.
“I think he’s scored seven goals now, which is a great return. He’s a really important member of the squad right now, whether I play him or not. The pleasing thing for me is he’s buying into everything we ask of him.”
Grant’s goal on Tuesday night was one for the scrapbook – finding the net straight from a corner. And Pressley believes his man when he says it was intended.
“To be fair, Bobby says he’s seen the goalkeeper in a position. He says, ‘Look at the footage.’ He reckons the keeper’s in a position to give him that opportunity. What a great bit of play.
“He’s frustrated right now but he’s certainly sending clear messages to me that he’s ready for his chance.”
Potentially lining up alongside Grant, should he start, would be David Ball, who spent time with the Seasiders in the summer following his release from Fleetwood only to rejoin the Highbury club.
Town are waiting on the fitness of Conor McLaughlin for tomorrow’s big game.
He was replaced by Grant on Tuesday night, having suffered a concussion during a clash of heads inside the six- yard box.
The Northern Ireland international, a former Preston North Endyoungster, will be desperate to play a part tomorrow afternoon and Pressley is hopeful he will come through.
“He’s OK,” said Pressley. “He’s not trained on Thursday but I’m hoping he’ll be OK for the weekend. I thought on Tuesday he was class in his performance.It was an international-type performance.
“He’s a very important player and we’re hoping he’ll be fine for the weekend.”
Fleetwood have no other injury concerns.
n Defender Joe Davis will stay with Fleetwood until January 3 after extending his loan deal from Leicester City. Town midfielder Harvey Hodd has joined Lowestoft on loan and keeper Andreas Aresdtidou heads for Stockport County.