Solomon-Otabor's one regret over Blackpool season
Viv Solomon-Otabor admits he should have bagged more goals during his season-long loan spell at Blackpool.
Don’t miss the latest football news and gossip from leagues in England, Scotland and Europe with footballwire.co.ukThe winger enjoyed a successful stay at Bloomfield Road, producing a number of eye-catching displays during his 47 appearances.
But the 22-year-old only managed to hit the back of the net on five occasions – and that’s something the Birmingham City man knows he has to improve on.
“I’m happy with it but I thought I could have got more,” he said.
“There were some good goals in there.
“In terms of playing at League One level, I found it good.
“I knew it wouldn’t be easy for me but I knew I could do very well because I’ve always had belief in my ability.”
Solomon-Otabor, a Londoner who joined Birmingham four years ago, upped sticks to Blackpool and based himself at the club’s hotel.
Such a big step could have proved too much for someone of his age but the winger says he was willing to make that sacrifice.
He added: “I just wanted to get there and focus to reach my targets.
“I think it was best for me to do that – to stay away, do what I do and enjoy it, so I come back after having a good season, which I’ve had.
“I can’t wait to get back in and show everybody what I can do and how much I’ve progressed as a player and as a person.
“There are different things in life I have learned. I went into Blackpool not as a boy but as someone who was willing to learn.
“I achieved my goal, which was to go out there and play as many games as I could and have the manager trust me.”
Blackpool fans will travel an extra 638 miles supporting the Seasiders up and down the country in League One next season.
The seven-team change to the division has resulted in fewer North West matches, with Wigan Athletic and Blackburn Rovers promoted to the Championship and Oldham Athletic and Bury both relegated to League Two.
A 73-mile round trip to Accrington has been added to the 2018/19 schedule, though the journey to Fylde coast neighbours Fleetwood Town remains the shortest journey over the season.
Visits to Plymouth Argyle and Portsmouth remain the two furthest trips at 642 and 565 miles respectively.
In total, Blackpool fans will travel 7,753 miles if attending every league away fixture.