Date: 11th June 2017 at 6:11pm
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The re-introduction of Florent Cuvelier into the Walsall first team around Christmas time, signalled an upturn in form for the Saddlers. The Belgian formed a solid partnership alongside Isaiah Osbourne, Adam Chambers and Erhun Oztumer in the Walsall midfield. However, just as it looked like Flo was getting back to his scintillating best, which we saw in his two loan spells in 2012, an injury sustained in the 0-0 draw away to Scunthorpe United effectively ended his season.

After recently signing a one-year contract extension, the former Stoke City man will be looking to put his injury woes behind him and really kick on under Jon Whitney in 201/18.

Speaking to the Express & Star Cuvelier said: “I had a good run in the team last season and that gave me a lot of confidence.

“It showed me that I can still be the player I was a couple of years ago, and even better because I`ve played more games and got more experience.”

‘Physically I feel good and I`m hoping to get a good pre-season under my belt and then a successful season.”

One of the frustrating aspects from last season was that it took to Christmas time for Cuvelier to feature in his favoured position, Whitney mainly utilised him as a winger in a 4-2-3-1 system until reverting a diamond formation shortly before Christmas and then moving on to 5-4-1 from January onwards.

And, that is one of Whitney’s biggest challenges this coming season – can he manage to successfully fit our most talented players into one system. In a squad as limited as ours, there simply has to be a place for Morris, Oztumer and Flo in the same side.