Blackpool manager Paul Ince hopes that Alberto Noguera can step up and shine this season, with the Spaniard doing well in pre-season training.
The 23-year-old midfielder, who arrived from Atletico Madrid last season, has so far made just one first-team appearance for The Seasiders, after spending most of the previous campaign in the Development Squad.
But Noguera's capabilities were once again on display at Penrith last Saturday and Ince can see a real progression from the player.
"Alberto is a very good player. I can see a different person and player than the one we saw last year," the manager admitted. "I think it was hard for him last season, being with the development squad and not being involved in the first-team, but in training he’s been brilliant. The way he keeps the ball is excellent.
"He’s only young and he needs coaching, but when you see the way he glides past people and brings people into play, you see what a good player he is. He’s going to be a fantastic asset for us.”
The midfielder has endured some personal heartache over the summer following the passing of his mother, yet Ince sees a determination in his eyes to do well in her memory.
“I looked at Alberto last season and I think he had a lot on his plate - he had worries back home with his mother and it was tough for such a young kid.
“It was really sad to hear about her passing away last month. It’s bad news for everyone, but hopefully he is dealing with that well and it seems like he wants to do everything to make his mum proud.”