Having made his debut for Port Vale in their 4-0 win over Newcastle Town at the weekend, former Sheffield Wednesday man Chris Lines is impressed by what he has seen at the club and he feels Vale’s array of attacking options could herald a big season for Micky Adams’ men as they bid to upset the football betting odds.
There are so many attacking options in the squad it’s unbelievable…
Lines, who was a key part of the Owls’ promotion-winning side of 2011-12 but then fell out of favour once Wednesday were performing in the Championship, joined Vale on a one year contract earlier this month and he is already impressed by what he has seen. “I’ve only been here a short while, but already I can see big things ahead for us,” said the 27-year-old who spent the back end of last season on loan at the MK Dons.
Despite having only spent a short time with the club, Lines is particularly impressed by the attacking options that Vale have available and he is excited by the prospect of linking up with such a promising front line. “There are so many attacking options in the squad it’s unbelievable. There’s plenty of pace down the sides and there are all kinds of alternatives up front. As a midfield player, that’s perfect for me,” said the man who managed to net 11 times in League One during the 2009-10 season whilst playing for Bristol Rovers. “I like to pass it and get forward as well, so to have so many options when you’re on the ball is fantastic,” he added.
Lines’ career may have stalled over the past year but he has a proven track record at League One level and he will be a valuable asset for Port Vale, currently 40/1 in the football odds with Paddy Power to finish top of League One next summer. If he can reproduce the form that he showed in his early career at Bristol Rovers and in his first season at Wednesday then he will certainly cause problems for League One defences and he could help Vale to back up their unlikely promotion with another outstanding season.