JONJO Shelvey will almost certainly make his Seasiders debut today, with Ian Holloway hoping the Liverpool striker is his missing link.
Holloway believes his team haven’t played as well since Elliot Grandin has been injured.
Grandin plays in the hole between the midfield and attack and links up play, and the Blackpool boss believes Shelvey – signed on a three-month loan from Liverpool yesterday – can do exactly the same.
“Jonjo is what we’ve been missing,” said Holloway, ahead of today’s clash with Bristol City.
“He is a midfielder who will attack and can score goals, so I’m delighted, and excited about working with him.
“He can play a few positions, but one of those will definitely be in the hole in the midfield and attack.
“We lost Elliot Grandin – who is going to be out for another four or five weeks after having a toe operation – and when Elliot played, we tended to win.
“Without him, we haven’t quite got the same thrust.
“We tried to get Barry Bannan at the start of the season. He’d have done the same job, but that didn’t happen.
“I tried to put Taylor-Fletcher in there, but he needs to go up front. So that’s why I’m so pleased to have Shelvey.
“I’ve been trying to get him since the Charlie Adam deal, and finally we’ve persuaded Liverpool to lend him us.”
A proud Bristol lad, Holloway is looking forward to today’s meeting with City.
The Robins have had an underwhelming start to the season, and are second bottom, with just one win in nine.
But, according to Keith Southern, that makes them even more dangerous.
“They are an established Championship club with good players, and I don’t understand why they are down there,” he said.
“They have quality in the squad. I’ve looked at their team from the last game and it included Nicky Maynard, Marvin Elliott and Jamal Campbell-Ryce.