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LOAN SIGNINGS WILL BRING COMPETITION FOR STARTING PLACES SAYS PATERSON

25 January 2024

Club News

LOAN SIGNINGS WILL BRING COMPETITION FOR STARTING PLACES SAYS PATERSON

25 January 2024

MARTIN Paterson says Burton Albion’s new  loan signings will bring more competition that will help the squad improve as a whole.

After signing Joe Hugill from Manchester United Albion have this week added Tolaji Bola from Rotherham and Ademola Ola-Adebomi from Crystal Palace.

The Albion manager said: “Depth is important and when you look at the bench you want impact players. The most important thing in getting people through the door and adding bodies that can be competitive is that training increases because people are competing for the shirts. Training is part of my process of picking the team and the people who train the best will play.

“We are now starting to put together a team  that can push forward and get up the table through hard work.

“Whether loans or permanent signings, they have to want to play for Burton Albion and have to give a minimum of everything they have got. Other people say it, but I live by it and the team does.

“We are fond of Tola. He’s a good athlete, can handle the ball and he’s trained a couple of times already and fitted in really well.

“Ademola, I prefer to call him the ‘Big Man’.  He’s a talent. It’s his first loan but I believe in him and that’s why he is here at Burton Albion and let’s enjoy the ride.”

After the victory over Charlton, Paterson’s attentions now turn to Cambridge United away on Saturday and continuing to work on improvements in his squad.

He said: “It’s about reinforcing the principles of what I want as manager. The players have worked well but it’s not going to happen overnight. Ultimately, the players still need to perform while that’s happening and put in the effort they have been doing and I’m quietly confident they will.

“There’s a framework to work in, a freedom within that and accountability for the performances from the players and accountability for the results for me.

“I trust the group in terms of hard work and effort. And the group is the most important thing for me rather than individuals but inside the group we are working really hard to improve players on a daily basis. There’s no stone unturned in looking for ways to improve and we want people who want to get better.”


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