Chris Basham has praised the efforts of Blackpool’s new recruits on the back of a double dose of pre-season action.
Seven first team regulars made the trip to Hyde on Saturday and played out a 1-1 draw, before the rest of the side took part in Keith Southern’s testimonial victory over Everton yesterday afternoon.
There will be no chance for a rest, either, with the Seasiders pulling their boots on for the third time in four days when they face Swansea on Tuesday evening.
The games have given manager Ian Holloway the chance to cast his eye over several of his new recruits and Basham was full of praise for their efforts so far.
“I think they’ve looked good and they’ll improve us which is important. They won’t be 100% fit yet but when they are we’ll be able to see just how good they are,” said Basham.
“Tiago (Gomes) gives us that versatility, he’s good in the hole, he’s good going forward from midfield.
“I think Scott Robertson is that Keith Southern type of player that the manager was after. He gets around and gets in people’s faces and we’ll need both of those sorts of players during the season.”
The latest arrivals will of course mean yet more competition for places at Bloomfield Road, meaning the 24-year-old will have to work even harder for a regular first team slot.
He made 21 appearances in all competitions last season, many of which came in a midfield slot, but he feels it is right-back where he may be used on a more consistent basis this term.
“The manager likes me in that right-back role, so I’ve played a lot there in pre-season so far,” he continued.
“I enjoy the position, I get the chance to get forward a fair bit and join in with the attackers so it’s not something I’m unhappy with.
“I think I am a utility player, which hopefully leaves me in good stead. We’ve got such a big squad that it’s probably an advantage that I can play in so many different positions.”
Michael Laudrup’s Swansea will be the opponents at the Liberty Stadium and Basham believes the game will provide a stern test of Blackpool’s credentials.
“We’re all looking forward to Swansea because it will be good footballing test and we will have to be as sharp as possible as they’re a quality Premier League outfit,” he added.
“It’s not long before we go to The Den for the first game of the season, so I think this is a big week for us fitness wise.
“We’ve got Morecambe coming up as well, so hopefully by the end of this week we won’t be too far away.”