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Ferguson: More To Come From Barkhuizen

2 April 2014

Barry to work with Young Striker

Barry Ferguson believes there is a lot more to come Tom Barkhuizen - and he's determined to help him become a 'really good' player.

The 20-year-old youth team product has returned to first-team action in recent weeks after a lengthy absence with a fractured collarbone.

Substitute appearances against Bolton and QPR indicate that he is part of Ferguson's plans moving forward, with the striker looking to add to the two goals he's already scored this season. 

"Tom's a player I can see a lot in but I just need to spend a bit of time with him," Ferguson admitted. "Myself and the coaches need to work a bit harder with him, but he's got attributes that can win you games and on another day his chance at QPR could have gone in.

"He's only a young boy, he still needs a lot of work but he could be another big player for Blackpool in the future."

After agreeing professional terms back in 2011, Barkhuizen has had to bide his time at Bloomfield Road and gain experience elsewhere. The current campaign has been his real breakthrough one in tangerine, though.  

"All managers are different," Ferguson continued. "I see something and I think he can be a really good player. He just needs a bit of time spent with him and that's what I'm going to do with him. I think he's got a big future, he needs to get a bit stronger and he needs to work on his finishing but he's only a young kid.

"He's been used to me in the last few years moaning at him non-stop and I'm going to be on his case every single day. It's up to him if he wants to do it," he added.

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