‘It’s vital I play games’ – Benched Blackpool recruit on being left out of the first team

Blackpool striker Joe Nuttall has revealed he’s keen to play matches for the Tangerines, but that he’s also happy to be kept out of the team by better-performing players, as reported by the Blackpool Gazette.

Simon Grayson’s side have got off to a great start this season, winning their first two matches. Despite signing the likes of Nuttall and Ryan Hardie in the summer, it’s been the pairing of Armand Gnanduillet and Nathan Delfouneso who have impressed, scoring three times between them.

Nuttall, who left Blackburn Rovers in the summer looking for a first team chance, admitted he’s keen to play football but will be happy if he’s kept on the bench as the team are winning games.

“If I can’t get in the team because other players are playing better than me, then that’s fine. It just makes me want to push my game even further which is all I can do,” said the former Aberdeen striker.

“For me I think it’s vital I play games, that’s when I’m at my best and scoring goals. If I’m not doing it or not working hard or not putting in the performances then I’ll just have to wait my turn.”

The 22-year-old confessed that he would just have to keep working hard and waiting for his turn to shine.

“But hopefully I can get in the team by performing on the training field and take my chance on the pitch when it comes.”

He’s likely to get minutes this evening as Blackpool take on Macclesfield in the League Cup, before Oxford United are the guests at Bloomfield Road this coming weekend.

Our View

Joe Nuttall has the potential to be a top League One striker, there is no doubt about that. Blackpool’s options going forward are very strong at the moment, a testament to Grayson’s recruitment over the summer.

His chance will come, but it’s nice to see faith shown in the existing squad, rather than new recruits being pitched straight in.

Having played two sides who are thought to be bottom half material, in Southend and Bristol Rovers, it will be interesting to see how the side adapt to the challenge of unbeaten Oxford this weekend.

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