Miles is more than just an impact player
MARK Cooper is refusing to label striker Miles Storey as an impact player despite the youngster’s dramatic winner from the bench against Coventry at the weekend.
The teenager returned to the Town side for the first time since the loss to Wolves at the end of September to score the winner against the Sky Blues, linking up well with strike partner Nile Ranger in the process.
Cooper believes his young striker operates best in a front two, although Town have more often than not used two wide strikers and one through the middle, but still believes there could be room for him in the starting XI rather than coming off the bench.
“Miles has had a difficult season because he started the year in the team in a formation which didn’t really suit him,” Cooper said.
“I believe he has to play up front in a two and obviously our formation is one up front with two wider. At the moment it may be he comes on and makes an impact off the bench.
“He’s still a young lad and his attitude’s been first class so we’ll look at Brentford’s game from the weekend and if we think Miles can fit in and be a threat from the start then he’ll play but there’s a lot of things to think about.
“I don’t want to label Miles as an impact player because that can sometimes stick and there’s no reason Miles can’t start the game if we go two up front. Given the way we finished the game on Saturday maybe we will stay with two up front.
“You need to play to your strengths and his is his pace. He’s a young lad and if he can fit into the way we’re playing then that’s great because his attributes are his pace and he can finish.”
While Cooper is an admirer of Storey’s talents the Town boss insisted the teenager still has plenty of areas in which to improve.
“Miles needs to read the game a bit bitter for when he needs to run in behind and when he needs to show to feet,” he said.
“When he comes deeper he needs to concentrate on holding the ball up and make sure he doesn’t give it way to the other team on the counter attack, “There’s loads of development in him which is why we sent him out on loan to play games. He wants to learn and he wants to work and with those attributes he has every chance.”
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