Port Vale sub earns praise from manager ahead of Oldham game.

Port Vale manager Neil Aspin has praised substitute Ben Whitfield ahead of the game against Oldham Athletic.

The comments could indicate that the former AFC Bournemouth man is now in line for a return to the starting line-up after being left out of the Valiants squad in recent weeks.

Whitfield came on as a sub during the disappointing Boxing Day home defeat to Grimsby Town and the winger struck the post as he injected energy into the Port Vale side.

The 22 year-old joined Port Vale on a permanent basis on the 30th August after a loan spell the previous season and has made seventeen appearances so far this season.

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Aspin told the Sentinel newspaper: “I thought he did excellently, he gave us a spark. I thought he was a bright spot. He is popular with a lot of people and, of course. if he plays like he did then I have no problem in picking him.

“I thought he did really well for us and he was unfortunate he didn’t get a goal.”

However, Vale will be missing former TNS defender Connell Rawlinson who is struggling with a heel injury. The Welsh central defender is set to miss the Oldham game on Saturday.

On the other hand, the Valiants appear hopeful that Cristian Montano could play some part in the game. The winger or full-back has been influential in recent weeks before missing out through injury.

The Vale have certainly missed a cutting edge in recent weeks so the addition of Whitfield and Montano to the starting eleven could bring a welcome touch of pace and skill to the forward line.

 

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