John Askey hints at Port Vale changes for Burton cup game

Port Vale manager John Askey says Port Vale’s squad will allow him to “bring people in and out” for the Carabao Cup tie against Burton Albion.

The likes of Richie Bennett, Kieran Kennedy, Mark Cullen, Scott Burgess and Cristian Montano were on the bench for Saturday’s game against Northampton Town.

Askey commented on the Burton game to the official Port Vale website saying: “I feel as though we’ve got a stronger squad now, and we can bring people in and out.

“It’s a good opportunity for the players again, to test themselves against a team in the league above, and they’re quite a strong team as well, so it’s one that the players will look forward to.”

In with a shout?

Scott BurgessScott Burgess – the central midfielder (right) could be the most obvious change with Manny Oyeleke leaving the field early with an injury.

Mark Cullen – most likely to play if Oyeleke’s injury prompts Askey to resort to 4-4-2.

Kieran Kennedy – the summer signing could replace Leon Legge if Askey opts to rest the veteran but Legge’s blossoming partnership with Nathan Smith could persuade Askey to stick with the duo.

Richie Bennett – Tom Pope is the team’s talisman but if Askey opts to rest him, Bennett is the obvious replacement.

Cristian Montano – the versatile Columbian could replace a flank player or even slot in as left-back.

Ryan Campbell-Gordon – Vale have high hopes for the youngster but a start against League One opponents may be a step too far. More likely to get a run out in the Football League Trophy.

Jonny Maddison – resting Scott Brown would be a huge gamble and like Campbell-Gordon, Maddison is more likely to get game time in the Football League Trophy ties.

Ben Whitfield – could the winger come in from the cold? If so, it’s unlikely to be a start but more likely a place on the bench.

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