Blackpool boss has no worries over strikers' desire to play

Blackpool boss Neil Critchley has confidence in the ability of Jerry Yates and Ellis Simms to cope with their intense physical workload.

Friday, 19th March 2021, 12:30 pm

With Gary Madine still missing thanks to a groin injury, Pool’s head coach has been unable to freshen up and rotate his front two as much as he possibly would have liked.

With no other strikers in the squad, Critchley turned to the youth team in midweek, naming Brad Holmes on the bench against Burton Albion.

“All players want to play. If you look at Jerry’s playing record, he’s used to playing games all the time,” he told The Gazette.

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Blackpool striker Jerry Yates
Blackpool striker Jerry Yates

“Some players are better when they’re playing all the time and they’re in that rhythm.

“Ellis has come here in his first loan spell wanting to play, so he’s desperate for his chance to leave his mark in senior football.

“Those two are getting better together all of the time in terms of their understanding.

“The more they play together, the better they will become.

“It’s not just them, it depends who we’re playing against because we might need to find another way sometimes but I’m happy with both of them.”

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