NOUHA Dicko has been earmarked as the Seasiders’ secret weapon in the play-offs
The on-loan Wigan man has been something of a bit-part player since arriving in January.
But he has been electric in his last two appearances from the bench, changing the match against Leeds and hitting the back of the net to complete the rout of Burnley.
And Ian Holloway is getting excited by the part the 19-year-old may play over the coming weeks.
The manager is a firm believer that the more quality options he has among his substitutes – particularly up front – the greater his team’s chances of winning games.
And with Dicko and Kevin Phillips on the bench against Burnley, and Roman Bednar edging his way back to full fitness, Holloway couldn’t be happier.
The manager said: “I think Nouha has been terrific and he gives me another great option.
“His favourite position is up front. We put him there against Leeds in a behind-closed-doors match the other week and he scored two.
“He has done well in his last two games back in the team and he had a beaming smile when he came off the pitch on Saturday.
“Unfortunately, I had to move him back out wide towards the end because Kev (Phillips), the maestro, was coming on.
“Nouha has pace to burn and if we can utilise that it will definitely be another weapon in our armoury.
“He has some future that boy. Unfortunately he is not ours, but I am delighted he is playing so well and that he got the goal because he is a wonderful kid.
“He feels at home here and we have the old French school going with him, Ludo Sylvestre and Lomana LuaLua. It is fantastic to see Nouha doing so well and he is still only 19 too. What a physique he has for a 19-year-old.”