Trotter looks to Thatcher for guidance

ROOKIE midfielder Liam Trotter has admitted he doesn't really know what he doing playing wide left but is sure he will get better quickly, especially with Ben Thatcher guiding him.

Derek Davis

ROOKIE midfielder Liam Trotter has admitted he doesn't really know what he doing playing wide left but is sure he will get better quickly, especially with Ben Thatcher guiding him.

The 20-year-old was brought up through the Town academy playing central midfield and that is where Joe Royle played him when he handed him is debut at Plymouth in the former manager's last game in charge.

While Town have tried Alan Quinn, Danny Haynes, Jon Walters and even Alan Lee when he was here, out on the left, it is Trotter who is getting to play there the most.

Trotter said: “I'm happy enough to play there although it is difficult because I have not played out there before getting to the first team.

“Anyone watching can see I'm not comfortable because I 'm not really 100 confident or really sure what I'm doing yet but I'm learning.

Most Read

“The more I play out there then the better I will get.”

Although Ben Thatcher doesn't stray too far forward, Trotter has been helped by having the veteran playing at left back.

“It is good to have Ben behind me because he is always talking to me. He is very experienced and with me out of position it is good to have someone tell me where to be throughout the game.

“He is class act and I'm looking forward to him playing more.”

With competition for places so fierce Trotter is just grateful to get into the side and help the promotion push when it comes.

He said: “We are all one team and we all have one goal and that is to get into the Premier League. I will play where the manager sees fit and if that means just away games then fine. Of course I would be disappointed not play in home games but I will not be knocking on his door.”

Trotter will want to make the most of playing and keep his place for the home league game against Reading on Saturday, with manager Jim Magilton strongly tipped to bring in a Premier League player on loan for the left-side of midfield.

Middlesbrough's Adam Johnson, West Ham's Kyel Reid and Chelsea's Scott Sinclair have all been mentioned with a loan move to Portman Road, when the 'emergency loan' window opens tomorrow.