Westley believes ‘outstanding’ Bostwick can shine in League 2
Boro boss has signed some ‘wonderfully talented young players’
BORO boss Graham Westley says Michael Bostwick can be an influential player for his side this season.
Both Charlton Athletic and Brentford were interested in signing the midfielder in the summer before he decided to sign a new two-year deal with Boro and Westley believes the 22-year-old can be an important player in Boro’s first season in the Football League.
“Is Bozzie as an individual player a fantastic asset? I think the fact that the likes of Charlton and Brentford and so on from League One were falling over themselves to sign him says that in League Two we can expect him to be an outstanding player,” Westley said.
“You don’t get those clubs coming along and putting big transfer fees on the table if the player hasn’t got something about him.
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“We know he was a dominator at Conference level and I fully expect him to go on and dominate at this level as well.”
As well as keeping hold of Bostwick, Westley conducted his business in the transfer market early in the summer by bringing in five new faces ahead of the new campaign.
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Darius Charles, Luke Foster, Peter Winn, Rob Sinclair and John Mousinho have all signed and, to the manager’s credit, they are all versatile enough to fit into whichever formation Westley slots them into.
“They are intelligent players and versatility comes with intelligence,” Westley, whose side host Macclesfield Town tomorrow (Saturday), said.
“If a player understands the game and understands different formations and systems and…then we may change four or five times during the game there’s a lot for a player to remember about his role.
“I’m happy with what I’ve brought in. I think we’ve got some wonderfully talented young players who will make a mark on this division.”
Speaking about his summer signings and the money being spent by other clubs, Westley said he and his backroom staff have had to use their knowledge of the lower divisions to bring in rough diamonds to polish up.
“I’d love to have gone out there and had some of the transfer fees available to spend that others in this league have spent,” Westley said.
“Gary (Waddock) at Wycombe has spent �125,000 bringing (Scott) Rendell in. He’s a good player at this level and he’ll score goals no question, but we’re not a club that has got �125,000 to spend and we’re not a club that could afford the wages of the player.
“So we’re a club that has to find players at lower levels, that has to use our knowledge of what’s down there to try and find diamonds and mine those diamonds and that’s the job we have here.”