Walsall boss Sean O’Driscoll has today defended his decision to play Rico Henry in a more advanced position despite calls from Walsall fans to see him return to his left back berth.
O’Driscoll believes Henry will not end up being a left back in his future career and believes the mistakes he will make wont affect the side in a more advanced role, hence why he plays Andy Taylor at left back.
Speaking to Express And Star, O’Driscoll said “Like most young players, Henry makes mistakes and I think if you are further forward those mistakes are not so costly,”
“Further forward he can get his games in and play.’
“He likes getting forward, he is bright when he has got the ball.’
“I`m not convinced he will end up being a left-back personally. But then I have only had him for a short time. You can play young players in forward positions where a mistake is not so crucial. You can play a young defender or goalkeeper and every mistake unfortunately seems to cost you.”
“When you look at our firepower – Milan is a big part of the equation,” he said. “But when you look at it and analyse games, I try to play people where I think they can do well. Milan came in for the Doncaster game because their previous games they played three at the back.’
“I thought we could isolate Milan one-on-one with one of their defenders.’
“Then they lined up with a back four but he still did really well. He gives you a goal threat from that left-hand side so he is very much part of the squad.”