Manager Micky Adams has praised the contribution of central midfielders Doug Loft and Ryan Burge and has conceded that “it’s going to be difficult to leave them out.”Vale have had numerous changes in midfield with Chris Shuker, Sam Morsy and Kingsley James all having runs in the engineroom.
However, Vale have started their last three games with the pairing of skipper Doug Loft and the rejuvenated Ryan Burge, who has recovered superbly from the knee injuries that plagued his first season at the club.
Adams told the Sentinel newspaper: “There’s a nice partnership developing in there.
“People will be saying what about Sam Morsy, Chris Shuker or Chris Birchall, but those two have got the shirts at the moment and I’m pleased with what they’re doing. While they continue in that form, it’s going to be difficult to leave them out.”
Midfield appearances this season
- Ryan Burge: 20+9 / 3 goals
- Doug Loft: 22 / 0
- Chris Shuker: 15+10 / 0
- Sam Morsy: 22+2 / 2
- Kingsley James: 4+3 / 0
- Chris Birchall: 0+1 / 0