Hurst: Donacien Has the Attributes to Succeed in the Championship
Thursday, 18th Oct 2018 19:18
Town manager Paul Hurst says summer signing Janoi Donacien is starting to settle into life in the Championship and remains confident that the 24-year-old summer signing from Accrington Stanley has what it takes to make it in the second tier.
“I fetched him here because I feel that he’s good enough to play at this level,” Hurst said. “And I think he’s very humble and maybe he first came in and thought, not that he’s made it, but is just kind of surprised himself to be where he’s at.
“But obviously I’ve said from the start, the lads that you bring in, I don’t want them to be satisfied or feel ‘That’s it now’, I want them to kick on and try and really impress.
“Take Gwion as an example, he’s forced himself to at least be on the radar of the Wales national team and has got a place in that squad the other night.
“With all the lads, whether it’s other Championship clubs, Premier League clubs, you want them to kick on and really impress and I think he’s starting to settle down now and hopefully he can show everybody what he’s about on a consistent basis.”
Donacien’s start has been hampered by having been the sixth loanee to miss out on games prior to Jon Walters suffering the injury which curtailed his spell back with the Blues.
However, Hurst feels the St Lucian is finding his feet having leapt two divisions: “I think partly that is understanding the step up that he made. He would have been a League One player this year but missed that league out and there’s no doubt there is a jump, of course there is, but at the same time I think he’s got the attributes that can make him able to succeed at this level.
“At times I think he’s shown some of those. Other things he certainly needs and wants to get better at, which is important, but I think he can be a good player for us.”
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