Neil Critchley explains Bez Lubala's recent absence from Blackpool's match-day squads

Neil Critchley says it's "purely a tactical" decision to leave Bez Lubala out of Blackpool's match-day squad.

Friday, 19th March 2021, 11:17 am
Updated Friday, 19th March 2021, 11:20 am

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The 23-year-old hasn't featured for the Seasiders since the 2-0 defeat at Ipswich Town on February 6.

His last start, meanwhile, was the 5-0 thrashing of Wigan Athletic on January 26.

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Lubala, signed from Crawley Town for an undisclosed fee during the summer, hasn't even been able to make Blackpool's bench in recent weeks.

During Tuesday night's 1-1 draw against Burton Albion, youth-team striker Brad Holmes was preferred to Lubala on the substitute's bench.

Explaining the winger's absence, Critchley told The Gazette: “On the bench we feel like we need someone who can get a goal, a forward.

“Brad has got a record of doing that in the youth-team (scoring 19 goals in 20 games), so it’s purely a tactical reason.

Lubala has been left out of Blackpool's squads in recent weeks

“When you look at your bench, you try and fill all of those scenarios and ask yourself - ‘what if you need a goal?’

“Brad is bang in form and playing games on a regular basis for the Under-18s, so we felt he deserved that decision.”

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