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Osbourne: we've got good versatility

2 November 2018

Saddlers midfielder Isaiah Osbourne believes that his versatility and the options that manager Dean Keates has at his disposal will keep the squad fresh this season.

 Manager Keates has played around with a few formations so far this season, including a 4-3-3 which saw his side battle to victory over Wycombe Wanderers, and Osbourne feels as though that formation suits him better.

The 30-year-old was a goal scorer in the 3-2 win over the Chairboys and he feels as though being a box-to-box midfielder suits him more than being the holding player.

“I think the 4-3-3 suits me,” said Osbourne. “Don’t get me wrong, if the gaffer wants to play a 4-4-2 then I’m more than happy to do that.

“But I think 4-3-3 suits me more and in the past couple of seasons I have played in a midfield three.

“It gives me more licence to get up and down the pitch.

“I don’t minding doing the holding midfielder role and getting on the ball but I feel I’m more suited to going box-to-box.

“I got forward more last week and got a goal.

“I have played as the one on my own and sitting in a two. Against Wycombe I was more advanced, a number eight really and I’m enjoying it.”

And speaking about his goal scoring antics this season, Osbourne continued: “I’ve now got two for the season and who knows, I may get three or four or even five this season – you never know.”

 


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