Lambert: Andre’s a really big talent

Town boss Paul Lambert believes Andre Dozzell has all the capabilities to be a ‘really good player’ but is still unsure his best position and role within the side.

Dozzell made only his second start of the season on Saturday away at Gillingham with Lambert impressed with his contribution.

“I thought he did well, given he’s not played for a long time,” Lambert said.

“His pass for the goal, the move for the goal, was the catalyst for it I thought because he’s the one who changed the pace of the ball at that time.

“He’s not played that much but he’s a big talent, Andre Dozzell, he really is. We just have to get the balance of what his main, main strength is.

“If we get that then he’s a really good player. But it’s about what his main strength is and whether that’s scoring goals, assisting goals or being a playmaker. I think he’s in between that at the minute because he’s such a good footballer.

“So it’s getting that final thing from him to see where he is. But he’s only a kid, he only a young boy and he’ll settle into something where he will be really good.”

Since bursting on to the scene back in 2016, Dozzell has only made 35 appearances since, due to a number of one injuries and setbacks. The midfielder hasn’t had the experience other youngsters Woolfenden and Downes have had, spending time on loan at Luton and Swindon respectively, something which has hampered his playing time Lambert thinks.

“Andre was out for a length of time which might have stopped him going out on loan when he might have done, so his game time is not as high as Wolfy (Luke Woolfenden) and players like that,” Lambert continued.

“Andre’s a really big talent and when I play him I have absolutely no fear about what I’m going to get from him.”

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