Kieron Morris versatility key for Walsall
Walsall boss Jon Whitney believes the versatility of Kieron Morris will prove a valuable tool throughout the season.
The 22-year-old, who is primarily a winger, was deployed in a central midfield role against Bristol Rovers on Tuesday and impressed in the 1-1 draw.
Morris could continue in the middle of the park today as the Saddlers host League One leaders Bolton at the Banks's Stadium.
It's a position Whitney first tried him in towards the end of last season, with the former Manchester United trainee producing a number of impressive displays.
And the boss admits it's a big advantage to be able to utilise Morris's talents in different positions.
"I think Kieron is really good centrally," Whitney said. "George Dobson and Liam Kinsella have done really well in training but, against Bristol Rovers, we needed to retain the ball and Kieron is one of the best at keeping hold of the ball.
"He did it towards the end of last year, we put him in there when Sam Mantom came out.
"He did really well and I thought why are we looking away from it when he was really successful there last season.
"He is getting better in the wide positions with the defensive side of his game. He is always a threat. But he can play anywhere in midfield or as a number 10 in the future. He is a threat wherever he plays."
One winger who hasn't enjoyed such a good start to the season is loanee Josh Ginnelly who the Saddlers snapped up in the summer from Premier League Burnley
But Whitney insists the teenager is still part of his plans.
"Josh is still here and is just somebody who hasn't progressed as we would have liked," he said. "There is no problem with his attitude. But it takes time for some of these young players