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Lambert: Dozzell is Playing at a Really High Level and Skuse Can't Go On Forever
Friday, 13th Dec 2019 14:18

Town manager Paul Lambert has praised midfielder Andre Dozzell for his recent performances and says veteran Cole Skuse, among the first names on the teamsheet since he signed back in 2013, won’t be able to go on forever.

Dozzell impressed in the FA Cup first-round replay win at Lincoln and then in initial the second round tie at Coventry with Lambert and his staff subsequently sticking with that team - barring the injured Danny Rowe - for the more important League One fixture against the Sky Blues at St Andrew’s the following week.

The 20-year-old was among Town’s key performers in an excellent first-half display which should have yielded more than a single goal, with Coventry equalising in a second period having got on top after the break.

“He’s doing really well,” Lambert said when asked about the England U20 international. “He’s always been a really talented footballer, Dozzell, he really has.

“He’s only a young lad, I think he and Downes play exceptionally well together and I think the partnership for England is helping as well. They’ve got great balance because one’s a lefty and one’s a righty.

“And Cole can’t go on forever, Cole’s been unbelievable for us, an incredible footballer, and as I’ve said before, the only thing with Cole is I wish I had him six or seven years earlier.

“If anything happens to Cole then Andre or Emyr [Huws] have to be ready to come in, and Andre’s come in and done really, really well, he’s a really good player.”

Are we starting to see the younger players taking over from the older generation? “It’s impossible for someone in their thirties, listen, I’ve been 33 and 34 myself and in my own head I thought I could go all day, but I couldn’t, it was impossible. I couldn’t hit the standard I was hitting when I was 26 or 27.

“You need somebody to come in or you have to go and buy somebody who is going to replace Cole Skuse in later life, it’s difficult.

“Andre, the way he’s playing in this moment is a really, really high level and if anything happened to Cole, whether he’s injured or left out, he needs somebody to step into his shoes. You can’t rely on one guy to always hold the fort.”

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Nazemariner added 14:21 - Dec 13
I'm glad that Lambert sees Dozza as a QB type player who picks the ball up from the back four. It's his best position if you ask me.

braveblue added 14:27 - Dec 13
Why not just do it now.

deano85 added 16:52 - Dec 13
If i was Scuse, im not sure how id take that ...

Hes mid 30s not mid 40s...and in league 1...
Strange thing to say really, although i do get the point

ITFCsince73 added 17:25 - Dec 13
At least 12 months late....but hopefully Skuse and Chambo will slowly be phased out.
Unfortunately the future isn’t those 2.
Both played a big part in, and currently taking part in, the clubs darkest days.

TimmyH added 17:54 - Dec 13
Dozzell needed to pick his game up and in the last couple of games he's started has been somewhat better and as for Skuse in the last 2 games he's played in comparatively little apart from the odd sideways pass that we're all accustomed to.

Linkboy13 added 19:42 - Dec 13
Unfortunately Dozzell and Skuse are like the rest of our Midfield lacking pace and physicality this has been going on for several seasons now and the main reason we struggle to create chances any striker would find it hard to play up front in our side In my opinion we need to buy 2 midfield players we can't keep waiting for the likes of Huws and Bishop to get fit.

brittaniaman added 19:54 - Dec 13
Somebody mentioned Bishop I had forgotten all about him and of course Lancaster as well, both been out of the picture for a long time now ? we get this batch of 5 games played we will be halfway

herfie added 22:00 - Dec 13
Agree, a somewhat oblique PL comment. Of course every player reaches a point where the body’s ability can’t match what the brain says. Seems like PL is signalling that, for CS, that time might be sooner rather than later. By the same token, whilst praising young AD’s recent performances, there was no outright suggestion that he will be Skusie’s natural successor.

My view is that JD and FD should now be given an extended run in midfield - both are quality, but need more effective midfield offensive support. Let’s be honest, our goal threat has diminished significantly because, for some reason, we carry minimal creativity.

ArnieM added 09:57 - Dec 14
It does sound now, as if we will be seeing less and less of Chambers and Skuse (which is the natural order of things and was always going to happen). However, we will miss their experience and influence in the team. Anyone who thinks otherwise, frankly knows little about the game therefore.

These two players should be afforded our utmost respect for what they have given to this Club. They certainly don’t deserve all the moronic comments I’ve seen posted on FB and sometimes on here. Even if they’re not playing in the side , they will undoubtedly be behind the scenes offering advice and support to what is essentially a very young squad .

So come on guys , let’s support them not ridicule them.

afcfee added 10:34 - Dec 14
Both slow and weak apart from that different players.

afcfee added 10:39 - Dec 14
Skuse looked like a world beater at beginning season, I wonder if his legs are starting to go as an already slow player can be harder to keep up as get older, as looked pretty poor recently. Surely this is his last season with us now would be ridiculous to waste money on another contract.

jonwillpott added 12:29 - Dec 14
It's not a coincidence that Dozzell has started to perform in recent games imo....the January transfer window looms and there is only one thing that has ever motivated him and that is a move to a top club!! He has no interest in performing for our shirt I'm afraid and thinks he has more talent that he actually does sadly. Mark my words....he'll be on his way during January!!

ArnieM added 13:11 - Dec 14
I’m not fussed if he does. He rarely “ shows” in a game tbh. If he thinks he can make st a big club good luck to him. He’ll have to perform every game to keep his place . Not sure he can produce it game after game and for 90mins - he never has yet .

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