Blackpool’s Brad Potts has shaken off his defensive shackles and is buoyed to have been given a licence to thrill by boss Gary Bowyer.
The midfielder openly admits his electric pace wasn’t always seen to full effect last season, when then manager Neil McDonald chose to use the player he signed from Carlisle in a more restrictive central midfield role.
Bowyer, on the other hand, has opted to play the attacker in his natural role behind the strikers. Injuries to Pool’s target men have also contributed to Potts playing in a more advanced role.
Mark Cullen went off with cramp in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Barnet, a game Kyle Vassell missed due to a recurrence of a hip knock sustained in 2-0 win over Exeter on the opening day.
Danny Philliskirk (ankle). Jamille Matt (knee) and Jack Redshaw (shinsplints) are expected to miss tomorrow’s home game against Wycombe.
And with Cullen still easing his way back after a hamstring injury that hampered his pre-season, it looks like Potts will continue in his forward- thinking role.
And the 22-year-old is more than happy to play as an attacking midfielder in his second season at the club.
He said: “That is my position, that is where I want to play. I didn’t really get much opportunity to play there last season.
“It was kind of hard for us because a lot of my game was taken away from me.
“I had more defensive responsibilities last year, but now I feel if I’ve got a bit of a licence to get forward and I can be effective.”
Potts says this season’s squad has bonded well.
He said: “I think it helps that most of the lads have been together a year and most of the new lads who have come in have done really well. We have got a good team spirit going on. We feel good and we feel fresh.
“The manager has mixed it up a little bit and made a couple of changes at Barnet to freshen it up.
“I feel fit and the lads feel fit, so all is good.”