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Kieron Morris backed to hit double figures for Walsall

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Walsall boss Jon Whitney has backed Kieron Morris to take his goal haul for the season into double figures.

The in-form winger has got himself on the scoresheet in each of the Saddlers' last three outings and is currently joint-top scorer with Simeon Jackson and Amadou Bakayoko.

Morris endured a frustrating time in front of goal last season with the 22-year-old hitting the woodwork more times than any other Walsall player.

But Whitney revealed the wideman is now getting his rewards after working hard to improve his finishing in training.

"Kieron has done really well so far and that's important because we need goals from all over the pitch," the boss said.

"It can't just come from strikers. All the attacking players have to play their part.

"We've got some really talented individuals and the likes of Franck Moussa, Andreas Makris, Erhun Oztumer and Flo Cuvelier all need to be chipping in.

"Set-pieces as well. We need to get some goals from the centre-backs and the full-backs as well, we want them getting forward.

"But Kieron has been excellent. He is reaping the rewards for being a really offensive, attack-minded wide player. Every time he gets in we tell him he either needs to link in or drive at goal and get a shot away.

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"He is doing that now and is getting his goals. I think he can get double figures or more this season."

Meanwhile, Whitney has confirmed midfielder Reece Flanagan is on course for a December return after suffering a serious knee injury.

The 21-year-old ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) during a training session back in April – an injury that immediately ruled him out of action until Christmas.

Flanagan made 17 appearances for the Saddlers last season in all competitions.

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And Whitney revealed the promising youngster is on schedule with his recovery and has backed him to return a better player.

"Reece is our only long-term absentee but he is doing well and on target to be back in December," the boss added.

"I can relate to Reece, as I had three ACL ruptures in my career so I understand what it takes to get back from this. He's working really hard.

"He will come back from the injury a much stronger athlete, both mentally and physically."

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