Tyler Forbes has injected much-needed pace into Fleetwood Town, says his boss Steven Pressley.
The former Preston North End youngster has started two cup ties for Fleetwood in the last five days.
Former manager Graham Alexander tried to turn Forbes into a full-back but Pressley recognises the 19-year-old’s attacking potential, deploying him on the right hand side of a three-man Fleetwood attack.
Forbes caused big problems for Sheffield United in Town’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy win on Tuesday night.
And although he admits his fledgling winger is far from the finished article, Pressley is pleased to have found somebody capable of stretching defences.
“The thing with Tyler is he’s the fastest player at our club,” the Town boss said.
“I’ve been saying we need more speed. I think he gave us more speed.
“There are elements of his play we have to work on but h’s comfortable down that right side.
“I think he did really well against Walsall and again on Tuesday against Sheffield United.
“He tired a bit towards the end of both, but his attitude is great. And he has the ability to play in a higher position and gives us speed. I think he can be pleased with his work.”
Forbes wasn’t the only man who caught the eye in the JPT tie which Town won on penalties. Left-back Amari’i Bell also showed his pace and ability to get beyond defenders.
And Pressley now wants the former Birmingham City man to find more confidence around the box.
He said: “He’s got a real attacking side to his game but he has to believe in himself. That’s the key thing for him now. For the first 30 minutes he did fine – he was so creative, so positive in his play.
“I think he can be a really good player and slowly but surely he’ll continue to improve.”
Pressley shook up his strikeforce against the Blades, giving Declan McManus and Jamille Matt the chance to prove themselves up front in competitive conditions.
The Fleetwood boss admitted the changes were vital, given the need to prepare Jamie Proctor and Antoni Sarcevic for this weekend’s trip to Peterborough.
Pressley added: “Since coming to the club I’ve given all the strikers an opportunity.
“The only ones who hadn’t really started were Jamille Matt and Declan McManus.
“I wanted to give them the chance to prove themselves. It was a good week to leave Proctor out.
“And with Sarcevic, I spoke the other day about the work he put in at the weekend. It was important to rest him.
“For him to repeat that on Tuesday after Saturday I thought was impossible.
“We took the opportunity to rest them and got a very good performance.”
Posh boss Graham Westley was in the stands on Tuesday, running an eye over Fleetwood ahead of Saturday’s clash.
His side are likely to face a much-changed Town side, with the likes of Sarcevic and Proctor – a player Westley knows well from his time at Preston North End – likely to return.