Luke Leahy says confidence is growing at Walsall

He’s scored two goals and registered three assists in just five League One outings.

Luke Leahy
Luke Leahy

But Luke Leahy believes the best is yet to come from both him and a resurgent Walsall.

The Saddlers, who lost their opening game at Bury, have since gone four matches unbeaten after registering home wins over Oldham and Plymouth and draws against Bradford and Portsmouth.

Leahy has quickly adapted to life in League One after joining from Scottish outfit Falkirk in the summer.

And the wing-back admitted both he and fellow new recruit Nicky Devlin are enjoying proving they are good enough to play south of the border.

“I knew I would be good enough – it was just a case of proving it to people who didn’t know me,” Leahy said.

“Hopefully I am doing that at the minute.

“Both me and Nicky Devlin hadn’t experienced League One. We came down wanting to prove to everyone we are good enough and that we can play even higher.

“We’ve come into a defence that is completely new. But the back six, including the keeper, has done really well.

“We are communicators and there are leaders in there. We are not far off being a very, very good side.”

Leahy says Walsall’s unbeaten run has lead to an increase in confidence amongst the group.

“There is a real belief in the team at the minute, a real confidence,” the 24-year-old continued.

“I think that showed against Plymouth.

“We played really well. They threatened from a few set pieces but it was us getting the ball down and creating chances.

“We are four unbeaten now, it’s two draws and two wins.

“I think everyone can see we are a team moving in the right direction.”

After laying on the cross for Tyler Roberts’ goal against Bradford, Leahy repeated the trick on Saturday when he set up Dan Agyei for his debut strike against the Pilgirms.

And the defender admits he was hugely impressed with the forward who was snapped up from Burnley on transfer deadline day.

“I thought Dan did really well against Plymouth,” Leahy added.

“He pushed their centre-backs back and got us up the pitch.

“He’s a strong lad and he is quick so he is going to cause defenders problems.

“He’s settled in really well.

“His only training session was on Friday and we tend not to do too much the day before a game – we like to concentrate on set-pieces.

“He only met the lads very briefly but performances like that quickly earn respect from players.

“He produced a good finish for the goal so fair play to the boy.

“And for me it was nice to get another assist because I’m really enjoying the wing-back role.”

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