Jon Whitney to mix Walsall up against Yeovil

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Walsall boss Jon Whitney is set to rotate his squad for tonight's League Cup clash with Yeovil.

The Saddlers kicked off their League One campaign in style on Saturday with a 3-1 victory over AFC Wimbledon.

But Whitney and his new-look side have had little time to celebrate with Yeovil at the Banks's Stadium tonight.

With the season just days old, Whitney faces a selection dilemma with his squad still building up their match sharpness.

A number of players, including the likes of Amadou Bakayoko and George Dobson, were unlucky not be to be involved in the win over the Dons. And with the league campaign continuing at Oldham on Saturday, Whitney sees tonight's clash as an ideal opportunity to give minutes to some of his other stars.

"I love games and it's always nice to have a cup tie so I'm really look forward to it," Whitney said. "It's great for me as well that I have got a fully fit squad to choose from.

"I will rest players because that was always my plan. With the way we play, all the players have to put in a really intense session.

"It's still early in the season and we are still trying to develop fitness levels so it's hard to play two games in such quick succession.

"But we will approach it the same we do as any other game. It's about us.


"We will analyse them and we will look for some chinks in their armour – areas we can take advantage of."

As well as Bakayoko and Dobson, youngsters Maziar Kouhyar and Liam Kinsella are also likely to feature, while Whitney could also hand a debut to record signing Andreas Makris.

"I have got players who I left on the bench against Wimbledon like Maz and Liam who are really fighting and chomping at the bit to play," Whitney continued. "They show all the qualities I love. And they will be needed because we have a lot of games and we can't bring loan players in. Tuesday is a chance for them to come into the fold."

It is Bakayoko though who fans will be desperate to see with the youngster following up his prolific pre-season form with a hugely impressive cameo against the Dons.

"He's a real threat," Whitney added. "He's becoming really consistent. He is really starting to push on and I can see him and Simeon Jackson playing together in a 4-4-2 at times."


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