Gary Bowyer has praised Kelvin Mellor’s attitude and versatility following his recent return to the Blackpool team.
The right-back, who scored seven goals for the club last season, has had to be patient this time around due to a combination of illness, injury and the form of Ollie Turton restricting his game time.
However, Mellor’s attacking instincts are such that manager Gary Bowyer moved him further forward to occupy a vacant position out wide at Scunthorpe United earlier this month.
The 26-year-old has since retained that place in the starting line-up for victories against Plymouth Argyle and Oxford United.
“He’s been fantastic for us. It just shows you that it’s always about the good of the team and not the individual. He’s sacrificed himself, but he wanted to get in the team,” Bowyer said.
“He’s got the shirt and he had a hell of a week with three games playing in that position for us. He’s a handful, difficult to mark and pick up, and he has a great sense of danger because of his defensive responsibilities.
“He’s a great example for us and shows the spirit there is in the camp,” the manager added.